At Winter Tangerine, we want the electric. We aim to disrupt the status quo. To amplify the unheard. To account for the unaccounted. To publish the unconventional, confront the uncomfortable, marvel in the mundane.  

Before you submit, please look over these guidelines. 

  • Submissions are read by our team without knowing the submitter's name or biography so do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send.
     
  • Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12.
  • Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, double-spaced, size 12.
  • Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief biography and the title of your pieces. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for the Editor-in-Chief so don't worry, your identity will not be revealed to those evaluating your work.
     
  • We like works that combine and subvert language. Pieces in English that weave other languages are welcome.
     
  • We do not accept previously published work. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please don't submit it. This includes submissions through Tip Jar and to any of our Spotlight or Spitfire Series features.
     
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
     
  • Please title your works.
     
  • Please send your work in one singular submission, depending on category. If you want to send four poems and two short stories, please send the poems in one document through the Poetry category, and the short stories in one document through the Prose category. This is very different from how we've worked in the past -- we no longer want individual submissions for each of your pieces.
     
  • We will not consider erotica or graphic violence.
  • Winter Tangerine publishes exclusively online.
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  • Contributors to WT Issues (our biannual online issues) and Spotlight & Spitfire features receive $20 flatly. Contributors retain their copyrights, but we reserve the right to feature any excerpt or image in promotional work or a "Best of WT" anthology in perpetuity. 

  • Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. It should be no longer than two paragraphs. This statement will not be included in publication -- it's for us to have an extra lens when viewing your work. Literature does not exist in a vacuum; identity is an important shaping factor in any artist's work. Please do not include your name or specifically identifying information in this statement. 
     
  • We only accept submissions through Submittable. You can ask us questions through email, but just in terms of logistics, we can't look over work sent to our email address.

  • We will try to get back to you within a few months. However, if six months pass and you haven't heard back from us, feel free to email us at submit@wintertangerine.com.

  • We look forward to reading your work!

Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, we will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. We strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. We’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions. 

Writers should submit up to five poems as well as a 150 word excerpt of the statement analyzing the poem/poet that greatly influenced them. Please follow all general Winter Tangerine submission guidelines. Poems should be submitted in one file. Identifying information (full name, email, phone number, etc) should not appear anywhere on the file upload to Submittable or the title of the submission. There is an honorarium for each profiled poet. Submissions will be open throughout the year.

Ends on November 1, 2017

We love prose. We love characters with jittery legs and big curls and pet armadillos and annoying relatives. We love plot twists and epiphanies and that moment in a story when everything falls into place. We love fresh uses of language. We love dialogue and scenery and the last sentence of a story that just sets the entire world on fire. We don't want to constrict your prose, but there are a few guidelines we'd like you to follow.

 
Keep your submissions under three thousand words. We would love to read anything you wish to show our staff, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be too time efficient to read your Ulysses-like novel manuscript. Likewise, while we love flash fiction, we'd like prose submissions to be at least two hundred words. Please put a word count in your cover letter for each piece you submit.
 
We have a few restrictions on content. We are willing to publish nearly anything, however, this isn’t the place for erotica or graphic violence. Just not really our thing. Please don't send us reviews of any kind or children's stories either.

You may submit up to two fiction pieces and one nonfiction piece. In terms of creative nonfiction, we don't want your high school term paper on the Salem Witchcraft Trials-- we want your personal essay pieces and memoir pieces. Please send your pieces in one singular submission. We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

Be sure to keep any personal or identifying info off of the document and title of your submission (name, previous publications, awards, etc.).
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We accept visual, digital, photography and multimedia artwork. 

Please send your work in high quality. Please submit all of your work in one submission. If applicable, please note the dimensions and media of your work in your cover letter.

All artwork submitted will be considered for cover art.

We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any artist's process so we ask that each artist submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

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We aren’t here to regulate your every action—we’re here to read your poetry. We want poetry that risks and flirts, poetry that rewires your brain, and poetry that deems the laws of the universe irrelevant.

We don’t have a line limit. We find the purity of your work more important than its length, and changing a poem to fit submission requirements contradicts what Winter Tangerine believes in.  Having said that, this isn’t the kind of magazine that wants to publish The Odyssey, even if you are the reincarnation of Homer

You have the freedom to express any idea you desire. The beauty of writing lies in its ability to make the intangible into something tangible. If it’s floating around in your mind, it’s fair game. We encourages you to stretch your limits, to leave your comfort zone behind. To us, nothing is considered weird or unorthodox. A tomato is just as valid a subject as Shaka Zulu.

Submissions should be 2-7 poems. We'd like to get an idea of who you are as a poet, your particular style, recurring imagery, etc, so we'd like at least two poems- but we can't consider more than seven. Please send your poems in one singular submission

We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

Ends on September 1, 2017

The Mission

We aim to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type. We don't believe in reading or entry fees, so entries for the awards are free (though we do have optional tip jar submissions!). We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications. Additionally, we believe that writers deserve to be paid for their work, so we've allotted a cash prize of $250 for the award winners. 

What We're Excited By

"Send me stories that feel true. Emotionally, on a visceral level, true. I love characters. I want to laugh and I want quirks and I want my heart to break"

Randa Jarrar, Prose Judge

"What I privilege above maybe anything else in a poem is delight. I delight in surprise. I delight in new knowledge, in access to new experiences. I delight in music, in unexpected silences, in poems that lull and arrest. I think a great poem delights across many of these dimensions."

Kaveh Akbar, Poetry Judge

The Submissions Process

Each entry will be reviewed thoroughly by our readers. Our readers will see your pieces & your artist statement but not your biography or name. The pieces that our readers love will be forwarded to the judges as semifinalists. Both judges will review the pieces as well, then create a short list of four finalists and one award winner. The winners will be publicly announced on November 1st 2017.


The Prize

All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue.

The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250.

All finalists receive our kudos & $20.


The Boring, but Necessary Stuff

• Entries will be accepted of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a collection of poems or short stories or a novel. Writers who have published chapbooks may enter.

• Writers may submit up to four poems (totaling no more than eight pages), and/or two pieces of prose (totaling no more than twelve pages). Writers may submit one entry in both categories.

• All work submitted for the Winter Tangerine Awards will be considered for publication in Winter Tangerine.

• Your submission should be Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12. Prose should be double spaced, poetry should be single spaced. Please title your submission as the title of your piece(s). Please put no more than one poem on each page.

• Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. It should be no longer than two paragraphs. This statement will not be included in publication -- it's for us to have an extra lens when viewing your work. Literature does not exist in a vacuum; identity is an important shaping factor in any artist's work. Please do not include your name or specifically identifying information in this statement. 

• You may not submit work to Winter Tangerine that has been entered in the WT Awards. You may submit other work to Winter Tangerine while we adjudicate the Awards but any double-entries will be rejected.

• The submission portal will be open from May 1st to September 1st.

• Submissions will be accepted through Submittable, only. Any submission sent through email will be deleted unread.

• No identifying information (name, email address, phone number, etc) is allowed in the document uploaded to Submittable or in the title of your submission. 

• Simultaneous submissions are allowed but not preferable. 

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Good luck! We look forward to your work.


Ends on September 1, 2017$3.50 - 20.00
$3.50 - 20.00
This is the optional donation portal for the Winter Tangerine Awards. Your entry will not be judged or evaluated any differently if you decide to submit through this portal. If you'd like to donate directly to WT (and bypass Submittable's fees!), please click here. We so, so appreciate the donation and look forward to your work!

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The Mission

We aim to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Submissions will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type. We don't believe in reading or entry fees, so entries for the awards are free (though we do have optional tip jar submissions!). We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications. Additionally, we believe that writers deserve to be paid for their work, so we've allotted a cash prize of $250 for the award winners. 

What We're Excited By

"Send me stories that feel true. Emotionally, on a visceral level, true. I love characters. I want to laugh and I want quirks and I want my heart to break"

Randa Jarrar, Prose Judge

"What I privilege above maybe anything else in a poem is delight. I delight in surprise. I delight in new knowledge, in access to new experiences. I delight in music, in unexpected silences, in poems that lull and arrest. I think a great poem delights across many of these dimensions."

Kaveh Akbar, Poetry Judge

The Submissions Process

Each entry will be reviewed thoroughly by our readers. Our readers will see your pieces & your artist statement but not your biography or name. The pieces that our readers love will be forwarded to the judges as semifinalists. Both judges will review the pieces as well, then create a short list of four finalists and one award winner. The winners will be publicly announced on November 1st 2017.


The Prize

All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue.

The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250.

All finalists receive our kudos & $20.


The Boring, but Necessary Stuff

• Entries will be accepted of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a collection of poems or short stories or a novel. Writers who have published chapbooks may enter.

• Writers may submit up to four poems (totaling no more than eight pages), and/or two pieces of prose (totaling no more than twelve pages). Writers may submit one entry in both categories.

• All work submitted for the Winter Tangerine Awards will be considered for publication in Winter Tangerine.

• Your submission should be Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12. Prose should be double spaced, poetry should be single spaced. Please title your submission as the title of your piece(s). Please put no more than one poem on each page.

• Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. It should be no longer than two paragraphs. This statement will not be included in publication -- it's for us to have an extra lens when viewing your work. Literature does not exist in a vacuum; identity is an important shaping factor in any artist's work. Please do not include your name or specifically identifying information in this statement. 

• You may not submit work to Winter Tangerine that has been entered in the WT Awards. You may submit other work to Winter Tangerine while we adjudicate the Awards but any double-entries will be rejected.

• The submission portal will be open from May 1st to August 1st.

• Submissions will be accepted through Submittable, only. Any submission sent through email will be deleted unread.

• No identifying information (name, email address, phone number, etc) is allowed in the document uploaded to Submittable or in the title of your submission. 

• Simultaneous submissions are allowed but not preferable. 

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Good luck! We look forward to your work.


$3.50 - 10.00
$3.50 - 10.00
For the duration of the NODAPL protests, Winter Tangerine will donate our tip jar submission fees to the Two Spirit Camp at Standing Rock. For more information on this initiative and to add your magazine to the list of journals donating to Standing Rock, click here.

Tip Jar Submissions are a wonderful way for you to help support us! 

You can submit anytime of the year for either $3.50, $5.00, or $10.00. Submittable takes .99 cents + 5% of each submission, so we receive either $2.31, $3.76, or $8.51 for every submission through this portal. Tip Jar Submissions are treated exactly the same as anything submitted during a open call. This is simply a way for writers and artists to generously help offset costs and keep the journal up and running. You can also donate directly to Winter Tangerine Review here.

Though our general guidelines ask for each piece as a separate submission, in one Tip Jar Submission, you may submit up to one piece of prose, or up to seven poems (in one file please), or up to five pieces of art. Submissions accepted from Tip Jar Submissions will be published in a future volume of Winter Tangerine Review. 

We believe that identity is an imperative factor of any writer's process so we ask that each writer submits an artist statement to help us better understand their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

We look forward to seeing your work, and very much appreciate the help!

In the wake of an annual honoring of this country, we are reopening submissions to our Spotlight Series, We Make America Great.

Controversy after controversy in the first year of his presidency has proven that the behavior of Trump and his administration is deceitful, corrupt and abusive. Being persecuted and threatened by those in power meant to defend our liberties is nothing new to Americans who are racial, sexual or religious minorities. But the traumatic impact of a bigot ascending to our highest public office is undeniable. In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S Presidential election, many of us were rightfully stunned, outraged and reactionary. We received many powerful submissions dealing with the numbness, confusion and indignation of those first few weeks. But we have now had seven months to reflect. We stand by our commitment to publish work that empowers people to speak out against injustices in our country.


For that reason we are re-opening submissions for We Make America Great. Send us your poetry, prose and artwork detailing your personal experiences with oppression, your ways of practicing self-care, of protecting yourself and others in a political climate notoriously hostile towards minority groups. We will publish these works alongside the initial response pieces to create a literary time capsule expressing what marginalized Americans are thinking and feeling during this historic year. A reminder to ourselves and to the world that we exist and we matter.


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We Make America Great is a direct fuck-you to Donald Trump. It is a collection in response to Election Day’s grim results. The world is terrifying right now. Our lives, as well as the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors, are in immediate danger. The physical representation of white supremacy has just been elected President of the United States. We Make America Great is in immediate resistance to that.

We want this space to provide hope and to inspire dissent. We want this space to be a duality: love despite hate. This feature will celebrate the people and communities that built the American Dream and continuously fight for space within it. Communities of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, the immigrant community, the disabled community, lower-income communities and on and on. Our immigrant mothers. Our queer best friends. Our Muslim neighbors. The undocumented. Those fighting to protect water in North Dakota. This space praises and treasures all that Donald Trump and his supporters do not.

We are devoted to the destruction of the dangerous, violent rhetoric spouted by the supporters of Donald Trump. Already, there have been documented hate crimes enacted in Trump's name. If nothing else, this election made it very clear the current state of this nation. The American Ideal is dead but we are not. The fight against oppressive systems is impossible until it is not. The fight for equality and justice is impossible until it is not.

We will be accepting submissions of poetry, prose, visual art, as well as audio and video/film submissions. 

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POETRY

Please send up to five unpublished poems in a singular submission with no identifying information (name, email, phone number, etc) on the documents you upload to Submittable. 

All poems should be formatted as Times New Roman, size 12, single spaced.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


PROSE

Please send up to two pieces of prose in one file with no identifying information (name, email, phone number, etc) on the document you upload to Submittable. 

The pieces should be formatted as Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


VISUAL ART

Please send up to ten pieces of  art (including but not limited to paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and film stills) in one submission with no identifying information included anywhere on your submission.

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography, an artist statement, and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish. 


FILM / AUDIO

Please send up to two audio or video pieces in one submission with no identifying information included anywhere on the submission

In your cover letter, please provide a short biography, an artist statement, and a statement of what you hope this feature will accomplish.