At Winter Tangerine, we want the electric. We want the pieces that you have emptied yourself into. We want the imagery that startles us, that stirs something inside of us that we do not understand. 

Before you submit, please look over these guidelines. 

  • Submissions are read blindly 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.
  • Contributors to WT Issues (our biannual online issues) receive $20 flatly. We do not yet pay contributors to the Spotlight or Spitfire Series. 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. 
  • 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

  • We look forward to reading your work!
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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.

Be sure to keep any personal or identifying info off of the document and title of your submission (name, location, 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.


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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

$ 3.50 - 10.00
$ 3.50 - 10.00
As WT is a relatively new, nonprofit magazine, 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 look forward to seeing your work, and very much appreciate the help!