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The Details

Thank you for your interest in Ripe Literary Journal. We kindly ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure a successful submission. Our response time to submissions may vary, as we are juggling life with our crafts too. We kindly ask for a wait time of 1-4 months, upon closing of our submission period. Though we are not-for-profit our contributors will receive a honorarium of $5.00 for their publication, we pay via PayPal.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but we ask that you notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere before you hear back from us. You may do so by replying to your original submission email noting which piece(s) you need to withdraw. We love to know that your work has made its way into the universe!

We ask that all work be previously unpublished. And we do consider work published on social media or personal blogs to be previously published.

We are an annual journal. And at this time are digital only.

What are You Sending?

Please include content warnings (CW) and/or trigger warnings (TW)

(i.e CW/TW: death, depression) in your attached document before the title.


Up to (3) poems, not exceeding (2) pages each; attach as a single file .doc/.docx, + a .pdf for nontraditional formatting. Include clear titles with each piece on its own page. Easy-to-read 12 pt font, single-spaced.

If accepted, your piece may be paired alongside visual art.


Up to (3) pieces of visual art; attach as .jpg or .png and ideally 300 dpi. Feel free to include an artist's statement or paragraph behind your piece(s) in your cover letter.

If accepted, your piece may be paired alongside written work.

How/Where to Submit?

Send submissions to

Please format your email subject line and submission document(s) as:

Genre - Name

Genre being, POETRY or ART.

In the body of the email please include your name, pronouns, and a brief cover letter. Nothing fancy - we really just want to know a little about you. While we are happy for all your achievements please include a third person bio (50 words max) that DOES NOT focus on previous work, but rather who you are/what you do + any social media.

We will send you a confirmation email noting receipt of your submission. If you do not receive one within (2) weeks, please resend and give us a gentle reminder.

The ( kind of ) Fine Print

If your work is accepted, please wait a full issue after your publication before submitting again. This gives as many new voices as possible a fair chance.

By submitting to us, if accepted, you grant us First North American Serial Rights & First Electronic Rights; upon publication rights revert to the creator. If work is republished elsewhere, we kindly ask you credit Ripe Literary Journal as first publisher. We also acquire Archival Rights so that we may keep your work archived online.

Oh and...

We nominate for Best of the Net.

To Note

We will not tolerate:

  • racism, sexism, antisemitism, ableism

  • misogyny

  • homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia

  • hate/violence/discrimation, otherwise prejudiced writing

  • etc (anything alike, or that which encourages such)

Please no:

  • Explicit sexual content, implied is fine

  • Excessive or unnecessary depictions of gore

  • We do not seek graphic violence or abuse

Should any of this be ignored we will disregard your submission.

We would not be without your grit and support. Thank you and we look forward to your submissions.

We hope you find our guidelines easy to follow & neuro-friendly.

feel free to address any questions/concerns, or feedback to