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!

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.

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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.


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.


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.


ESSAY

Please send up to two essays/nonfiction pieces 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.


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.

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