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.  

We publish issues twice a year. We are currently open for free submissions in poetry, prose, and visual art.

Before you submit, please look over these guidelines. 


  • Submissions are read without names or identifying factors so please do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We automatically reject submissions that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send. 


  • Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman or Garamond, 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 our reading staff so your identity will not be revealed to those considering your work.  


  • Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. 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 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 through Submittable if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.  


  • Please send your work in one singular submission, within the appropriate 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.   


  • We will not consider erotica or graphic violence. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work. Be thoughtful. 


  • Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $50 flatly. Contributors retain their copyrights. We reserve the right to feature any excerpt or image in promotional work or a "Best of WT" anthology in perpetuity. 


  • Winter Tangerine publishes exclusively online.  


  • 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.  


  • It can take some time for us to respond to you. It might be a day or it might be several months. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. Sadly, we don't have the capacity to provide status updates on submissions. Please do not email us asking for a status update -- we do not have the capacity to respond. If your work is "In-Progress" on Submittable, that means we are still actively considering it.


We truly appreciate the incredible level of interest in our magazine and will get back to you as soon as we possibly can. We look forward to reading your work!

The Mission

Since 2015, the Winter Tangerine Awards has honored emerging writers that envision new possibilities on the page and forge avenues of empathy through their literary work. In this context, we define an ‘emerging writer’ as one who has not published a full-length collection of poetry or prose, or a novel. We believe reading fees are exclusionary by nature, so entries are always free. We offer a $250 award to the winners and $50 to each of the finalists.

This year the WT Awards will be judged by Tiana Clark in poetry and Kiese Laymon in prose.

The WT Awards have been judged by Ocean Vuong, Jaquira Diaz, Aracelis Girmay, Chris Abani, Randa Jarrar, and Kaveh Akbar. You can read the past winners here.
 


What We're Excited By

We seek electric work; renderings of awe and joy, archival of memory and resilience. 

Tiana Clark, poetry judge: I’m drawn to risk and surprise in poems. I admire poets toggling grief and gratitude, poets that breathe new life and vision inside the nostrils of dead language. I’m looking for a duende-drenched poem that will rearrange my cells, flood my blood and afternoon. I want to be haunted by striking and specific imagery, but I also love the dream world, the gauzy, and abstract landscapes that drip intensely with mood. I want to gasp at your line breaks and attention to aesthetics. I love quiet poems and mic-dropping poems, but both poems must have resonance. I love poems that are invested in a type of emotional truth that articulates a type of freedom that I often don’t feel in my own daily life. I’m invested in a type of transformation and protest on the page. I love little poems and long poems, but again both poems must have resonance. I want to swerve and feel throttled by some type of volta/pivot/arc. I love all forms, broken forms, hybrid forms, and the psychology of forms. Most poems I cherish bring me back to the page, a new draft bubbling from the wild yeast of prosody and proximity. With all that said, I just want to be able to throw your poem across the room because it’s so damn good. I want to be mad and glad and sad at you for a few minutes, because your poem is so damn good.


The Prize

Results announced in January 2020. Award winners and finalists will be published in Winter Tangerine Issue 6, published in early 2020.

The two award winners will each receive copies of Honeysuckle Press’ 2019 catalog and a check for $250.

All finalists receive our kudos & $50.


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, a collection of short stories or a novel. Writers who have published chapbooks or who have self-published novels or collections may enter. Pieces are considered unpublished if they have not appeared on the internet or in print.


  • 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. Contributors to Winter Tangerine are paid $50.


  • Your submission should be Times New Roman or Garamond, size 12. Please title your submission in Submittable as the actual title of your piece(s), not “Winter Tangerine submission” or variations of that. 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 February 1st to July 1st. 


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


  • No specifically identifying information (full 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.

Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Once 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.

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, we don't have the capacity to read submissions longer than 3k words. 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 want your personal and lyrical essays 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.

Be sure to keep any personal or identifying info off of the document and title of your submission (name, previous publications, awards, etc.).

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.

Artists can send a series of up to ten pieces. While we accept black and white work, we tend to prefer work in color. All forms of visual art will be considered for the feature cover, interior spreads and promotional material (digital posters, flyers etc.) We recommended submitting images that are between 1500 and 2500 pixels wide. Images smaller than 1500 pixels may appear blurry or pixelated and images larger than 2500 will be auto-reformatted by our website. 

We believe that identity is an imperative factor in 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.

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.

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 the context of their work. This statement should be the first page of your document, but should not include your name or previous publications.

$3.50 - 10.00
$3.50 - 10.00
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!
Winter Tangerine