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Submission Guidelines — Send us your best work

SUMMER 2014 ISSUE, as well as our FALL & WINTER editions — also for 2015.

NEEDS: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Art, Reviews, Comic Art, Experimental

We would like to see more poetry, long fiction, nonfiction, artwork, and interviews.


Editors: C.E. Lukather and Paul Garson              Poetry Editor: Juliana Woodhead

Contributing Editor: Sarah Sarai                            Associate Editor (UK): Ruby Cowling

Editorial Assistant: Paul Uhlenkott

We have no specific guidelines regarding subject matter. Please send us your best work, whether it's traditional, experimental or something else. We enjoy reading all types of work. And, as always, there are no limits on word count. —C.E. Lukather, Editor

A new season, a new issue, a new crop of poetry. As your poetry editor it is my pleasure to offer this harvest. This harvest which is impossible without you. Impossible without your careful crafting, grafting, sowing of words. Without your words nestled like seeds on the paper, peas on a page. So send us your free verse, your experimental, your form. Send us the flowers, the fruit, and the hay. —Juliana Woodhead, Poetry Editor

We are currently accepting complete manuscripts of fiction, poetry and nonfiction for publication on the iTunes bookstore. For more information, please contact us at:

The Writing Disorder accepts Microsoft Word document (storytitle.doc or .docx) submissions by email. However, we can’t promise that it’s going to look exactly the way you had it (we are Mac users). Please attach it to your email.

NOTE: Please include your last name in the title of your Word document.

Send your fiction, nonfiction and artwork to:

Send your poetry to:

You may also send information using this form:  Submission Form

And you can submit your work by mail. For fiction send it to Fiction Editor, for poetry to Poetry Editor, and artwork to Art Editor, to the following address:

C.E. Lukather
The Writing Disorder
P.O. Box 93613
Los Angeles, CA 90093-0613

Submission Queries:
Please allow three to six months for a response to fiction and nonfiction submissions, and two to six months for a response to poetry and art submissions. If you haven’t heard back by then, send us an email at — be sure to write "update" in the subject heading. Include your city, state, the date you sent your manuscript, and what it was. NOTE: If you have not heard from us in six months, please contact us and we will let you know the status of your submission. Sometimes this method works best. Maximum word length: No limit

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Web Queries:
If you have a question about our website, or if you’re having trouble viewing anything on our site, please email us at

Submission Policy

The Writing Disorder is published four times a year:
new issues are posted in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

We seek work of the highest quality, but do not have specific guidelines for style or subject matter. Check our website before submitting for any announcements. Although we look for short stories and poetry, we also publish personal essays and memoirs. Novel excerpts are acceptable, if self-contained. Reviews, nonfiction pieces, humor, comic art, and criticism are also welcome. And we love experimental work. For poetry, please submit five to eight poems. Also, let us know what type of work you are submitting. Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a piece is fiction or nonfiction.

Submit one prose piece or five to eight poems. A notation of publications and awards, if any, is helpful. Poems should be individually typed either single- or double-spaced on one side of the page. Prose should be typed double-spaced on one side and can be as many pages as you need.

Deadlines and Addresses:
Our reading period is all year long. Submit your work at any time during this period; if a manuscript is not timely for one issue, it may be considered for another.

Mail submissions to:
C.E. Lukather, The Writing Disorder, P.O. Box 93613, Los Angeles, CA 90093-0613

Submitting Your Work:
Send only one manuscript at a time online. Do not send duplicate or multiple submissions. There is a limit of two total submissions per writer per reading period (season), regardless of genre, whether it is by mail or online. Do not send a second submission until you’ve heard about the first. We cross-reference our database periodically, and if we find more than one active submission, or a third submission (or more) during the reading period, all submissions will be immediately rejected unread. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are amenable as long as they are indicated as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We occasionally reprint previously published work.

Submissions By Mail:
Please send your manuscript (a disposable copy) in a page-size manila envelope, your full name and address written on the outside. In general, address submissions to the "Fiction Editor," "Poetry Editor," or "Nonfiction Editor," not to staff editors by name, unless you have a legitimate association with them or have been previously published in the magazine. Unsolicited work sent directly to an editor's home will be ignored and discarded; editors are formally instructed not to read such work. All manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by your email, address and phone number. For international submissions, please include a valid email address for us to respond with. Send a disposable copy of your manuscript; manuscript copies will not be returned.

Submissions Online:
Submit online. Upload only one file, containing one prose piece or five to eight poems. If you have a legitimate association with a staff editor you may address that editor by name in the "Comments" box. You should also paste a brief citation of publications and awards (less than 50 words), if any, into the "Comments" box. A longer citation of credits or a cover letter may be included as the first page of your submission file. Submissions must be uploaded as a Word (.doc) file. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate the newest version of Word (.docx). Any files that don't adhere to our guidelines will be immediately withdrawn from consideration. In general, you will receive a faster response online versus by regular mail.

Notifications and Queries:
Expect at least three months for a decision. Please be patient. Do not query us until three months have passed. If you write us, please include a S.A.S.E. and indicate the date of your submission. You can also send us an e-mail. We cannot accommodate revisions, changes of return address, or forgotten S.A.S.E.'s after the fact. We cannot be responsible for delay, loss, or damage.

Thank you for submitting your work. We appreciate it.

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