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. 
     
  • We will not consider erotica or graphic violence. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work. 
  • 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!
Ends on November 30, 2017
Beyond the Breadcrumbs, Winter Tangerine’s Fall 2017 Spitfire series will focus on innovative new ways of approaching an old art form: the fairy tale in fiction, poetry and art. 

Fairy tales have always been about immediacy, the present tense. “Once upon a time,” referring not to the past but to always. Events are constantly in motion, often impossible things happen with no explanation. To hear a fairy tale and to tell one is to accept the universal power of the unknown. So follow your own dream logic, the trail of breadcrumbs on the path into the forest. Lead us somewhere dark, strange and beautiful.

We don’t want clinical dissections of the stories we grew up knowing, picked apart to unveil archetypes, gutted of their magic. Instead we want re-tellings or completely new works that echo their timeless spirit.

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THEME
We're open to a broad interpretation of "fairytale." If you are still uncertain of what we're looking for, here is a list of things to get you inspired, but please don't limit yourself!

Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, magical realism, witches, the illustrations of Rose O'Neill, reinterpretations of tales from non-Western perspectives, cultures and environments, folklore and folk superstitions, Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales, curses and spells, surreal body horror and the grotestque, Kate Bernheimer's essay "Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairytale,"  unexpected and experimental form and content. 

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GENERAL
  • All work must be previously unpublished (with the exception of personal blogs and websites).
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please withdraw the submission immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. If you submitted multiple poems and must withdraw one but would like the rest to remain under consideration please add a note to your submission or email us at jake@wintertangerine.com.
  • The cover letter area can contain your publishing history and awards, links to websites, blogs and other social media as well as any other information relevant to the submission. However, in a brief artist statement included as the first page in your submission file, please write about your work and yourself without including your name, contact information, or titles of previously published work. This way your work remains anonymous to our readers but they can still get a sense of your identity as artist. The artist statement can be brief, somewhere between 150–300 words is ideal. 
  • We are especially interested in submissions from diverse and/or underrepresented perspectives such works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ folks, and other marginalized identities. We are strongly opposed to racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia and will automatically reject work of this nature. 
  • When sending multiple pieces for consideration please submit all of your work in a single file. Use clear page breaks and titles between pieces to indicate where one ends and the next begins. If you can, please also include each title in the title area of Submittable.
  • Make sure your name is not anywhere within the body of you work including Submittable's title subject box and the title of your submitted document.
  • Please include the genre (poetry, prose, art) of your submission in the title box. But if you don't know what genre your work falls into, don't worry. We're very open to hybrid work that blurs lines between traditional classifications. 
  • Double space your submission and use a standard font. 
  • Other correspondence or questions may be sent to Jake Stone at jake@wintertangerine.com

POETRY
Send between two and seven poems of any form. No page length limit though we generally prefer under ten.

FICTION
Send one short story up to 5,000 words or up to three flash pieces (each piece should be at least 300 words but should not exceed 1,500 words) 

ART
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.) 

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.).
Ends on November 1, 2017

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.

Ends on November 1, 2017

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.

$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!