Lucky Jefferson is the literary journal that talks back—generating constructive and interactive conversations around poetry, art, and publishing; redefining publication page by page. We live for poets/writers who have never been published, especially those who sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life. We represent the people and firmly believe that marginalized voices deserve a better platform.

Submission Guidelines:

Lucky Jefferson accepts sub­mis­sions of unpub­lished poetry and flash fiction on sub­jects relating to the current theme or collection. 

When submitting: 

  • Send three poems per submission. Poems should be separated by titles or page breaks.
  • Flash fiction should not exceed any more than 1000 words (Microfiction is what's up).
  • Include a cover page highlighting your name, email address, mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max). Get creative, don't bore us with the same bio you share with everyone else.
  • No submissions via e-mail (unless you're a student—all students submit for free).
  • We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. 

Please absolutely no sexually explicit poems or works highlighting extreme violence, racism, antisemitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, insta poems or love poems. We're hopeless romantics, but we're not interested in printing romance unless it's a unique perspective


*Please visit https://luckyjefferson.com/submit for important info should your work be accepted*

Early Bird Submissions = Submit for FREE.  

Ends on 02/28/21

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Upcoming Print Issue, Riff
 

If instruments could speak, what would they say? Join us for our first poetic and collaborative jam session!

Send us poetry between 20-27 lines that includes the following refrain:

first line: A burst of sudden tempo evokes tremors

end line: rubato rhythms, inclined ears exalt

(line limit includes refrain)

Your piece should begin with the first line and conclude with the end line. Help us set the tone, inspire rhythm, create tempo, birth soul by describing what sounds you hear, expressing how the music and art of others liberate, and/or telling us what you see unfolding in our jam session.

All submissions will be used to create a larger “never-ending” musical poem.

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When submitting:

  
 - Send no more than three 'riff' poems in a submission. Separate poems by page break.

 - Include a short and sweet cover page highlighting: your name, email address, mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max).

 - No translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.

 - Please absolutely no sexually explicit poems or works highlighting extreme violence, racism, antisemitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, insta poems or love poems. We're hopeless romantics, but we're not interested in printing romance unless it's a unique perspective.


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  *Please visit https://luckyjefferson.com/submit for important info should your work be accepted*

Lucky Jefferson intends to expand its digital zine Awake in 2021 by featuring guest editors eager to generate visibility for Black voices and increased accessibility to Black & African American Literature. 

You should come prepared to wield your editorial skills and creativity to attract new and emerging Black voices. The sky is truly the limit as you will serve up unique themes consistent with social justice issues or something more fun like a call for recipes that inspire Black identity. 

Applicants should be BIPOC identifying authors excited about poetry, especially new contemporary works, and our mission to reinvigorate publishing. You do not have to have an extensive publication history!


How You'll Get Down  (10 hours per month)

  • Review Awake submissions and provide supportive feedback in Submittable
  • Sustain author relationships through digital poet features
  • Lend your copy editing and proofreading skills to prepare accepted works for publication (roughly 8-10 authors per issue)
  • Submit design or creative requests for issues to ensure all artwork is supplied on time for issues 
  • Champion our authors through editor social media takeovers 
  • Leverage LJ's Editorial Interns/Board for additional support


Where You Should Shine:

  • Flawless editing skills and creative vision 
  • You work well alone and with a team and should be eager to hit the ground running for your issue 
  • Calling all perfectionists (kidding)! But attention to detail is a must. Mistakes happen, but you should be keen on minimizing them or avoiding them altogether 
  • Your passion for social justice advocacy and creating equal opportunities should be clear. We don't empower, we help folks realize the power they already have
  • Must be committed to highlighting new voices in poetry, flash fiction, etc. This includes underrepresented and misrepresented groups (Black voices, LGBTQIA voices, Disabled voices, etc.)


How Long We'll Need Your Help

1-2 months (depends on the volume of submissions per issue and subsequent promotion). And of course, if you love the gig, you're more than welcome to stay aboard longer.


If This Is Your DREAM

Complete this application by February 1, 2021, to guest edit Issue 3. Complete this application to guest edit all other upcoming issues. Interviews rolling.


Scratching Your Head? 

Send all questions to editorial@luckyjefferson.com.


We're Not Rolling In Dough Yet!

This is a volunteer position.


*and yes, this role is REMOTE*


The 365 Collection


Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, a 100% digital collection of poetry and other literature. Upon acceptance, submissions will be included on our website and social media account(s).

Writers looking to be published in upcoming print issues should plan to submit their work to the appropriate form during open calls—Next upcoming print issue: Riff.  

When submitting:  

- Send no more than three poems in a submission. Poems should be separated by titles or page breaks.  

- Flash fiction should not exceed any more than 1000 words (Microfiction is what's up).  

- Include a cover page highlighting your name, email address, mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max). Keep it brief, but get creative; don't bore us with the same bio you share with everyone else.   

- Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know if we can't publish something okay? Cause we catch feelings fast.  

- We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.  Black, Indigenous, and people of color identifying writers are encouraged to submit as we continue to prioritize these communities in our ongoing work.

- Please absolutely no sexually explicit poems or works highlighting extreme violence, racism, antisemitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, insta poems or love poems. We're hopeless romantics, but we're not interested in printing romance unless it's a unique perspective.  

 
We encourage you to make a donation with your submission to help us keep this ship sailing. Your contribution fuels the publication of Lucky Jefferson as we are a budding independent journal with an all-volunteer staff.​


Poets accepted into the 365 Collection will receive a spot on our website and social media love. Previously accepted poets/writers should wait 2 quarters, from the time of acceptance, before submitting new work to any open call.

Lucky Jefferson