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 will be closed indefinitely for submissions beginning June 1st 2018.
Before you submit, please look over these guidelines.
- Submissions are read without names or identifying factors 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 readers so your identity will not be revealed to those evaluating 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. 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 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.
- 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. If your work is "In-Progress" on Submittable, that means we are still actively considerng it. Sadly, we don't have the capacity to provide status updates on submissions. Please do not email us asking for a status update -- we will not respond.
We look forward to reading your work!
An overwhelming majority of the 43.3 million immigrants who live in the United States today are people of color, with over 11 million of these immigrants being undocumented. This reality reflects the explicit racism of the American immigration system which leads to the disproportionate displacement, detention, and deportation of undocumented Black, Indigenous, and folks of color deemed as “aliens ineligible for citizenship” under white nationalist immigration policy.
DISPATCHES FROM THE STARS seeks to reimagine citizenship and sanctuary for folks at the intersection of migration and race. DISPATCHES invites work that constructs alternate realities for aliens of color, particularly through the lens of Afrofuturism, magical realism, speculative poetry/prose, or other re-renderings of the imagination. This feature welcomes submissions by all undocumented, noncitizen, and/or 1st generation immigrants of color who have stories about struggling with obtaining documentation or have otherwise experienced violence under the U.S. immigration system.
DISPATCHES will be edited by Safia Elhillo, Janani Balasubramanian, and Jess X Snow. Submissions will close on September 30th. Contributors will be paid. We will accept submissions exclusively through Submittable. Please forward any questions to Creative Director, Yujane Chen.
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.
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. Please include an
The pieces should be formatted as Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.
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.
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.
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.
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!