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. 

We will not tolerate any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and perspectives including: racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, ableism.


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

Early Bird Submissions = Submit for FREE.  
Ends on 07/31/22

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Upcoming Print Issue, Sonder

Curious about other people's loves, losses, or even grocery lists? Into Humans of New York, we're not really strangers, or Stories from a stranger? For Issue 10, Sonder, we invite you to share glimpses of others' lives — glimpses reminding us that everyone is the main character of their own story — and reminding us how important it is to recognize these hidden moments.

In the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, the word sonder means acknowledging that other people are "living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Poems, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms, and visual art that explore these themes are all welcome.

Examples of what we're looking for: Three Addresses by Terence Winch / Retired Ballerinas, Central Park West by Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Venice, Unaccompanied by Monica Youn



When submitting:
- Send no more than 3 poems in a submission. Separate poems by page break.
- No more than 1000 words for flash fiction.     
- Keep it short and sweet. Share your name, email address, mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max).      
- No work that has been previously published in print or online.


*We will not tolerate any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and perspectives including: racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, ableism.

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


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: Gibberish.  

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.  

- In the cover page box, highlight your name, email address, mailing address, and bio (third-person, 50 words max).   

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

- We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. 

- We will not tolerate any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and perspectives including: racism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, ableism. 

 
We love receiving donations as they help us keep our ship sailing. Your contribution supports the publication of Lucky Jefferson as we are a growing independent publisher with an all-volunteer staff.​


Poets accepted into the 365 Collection will placement on our website. Previously accepted poets/writers should wait 2 quarters or seasons, from the time of acceptance, before submitting new work to any open call.

Lucky Jefferson intends to expand its print and digital collections, (365 Collection, Awake) by featuring Guest Editors eager to generate visibility for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab and other Middle Eastern American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander voices and increased accessibility to traditionally underrepresented literature. 

You should come prepared to wield your editorial skills and creativity to attract new and emerging 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 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 submissions and provide supportive feedback in Submittable
  • Lend your copy editing and proofreading skills to prepare accepted works for publication (roughly 8-10 authors per digital issue or 20-25 authors for print)
  • Submit design or creative requests for issues to ensure all artwork is supplied on time for issues 
  • Champion our authors through editor social media interviews 
  • *If applying for a Translation Editor role, you could expect to support the same tasks above in addition to translating accepted works.


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 to guest edit an upcoming issue. 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*

Lucky Jefferson