Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal and trove that confronts the challenges poets face as they seek publication and exposure to new readers. We target poets who have never been published, especially those who have sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life. We believe that marginalized voices deserve a platform and that anyone should be able to pursue what calls them most.

Poetry Guidelines:

Lucky Jefferson accepts sub­mis­sions of unpub­lished poetry on sub­jects relating to the current issue. 

When submitting: 

  • Send no more than three poems in a submission. Submissions exceeding this limit should be submitted separately. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.
  • Include a cover page highlighting the poet’s name, email address, biography, and mailing address. Biographical statements should be two to three sentences or 50-75 words.
  • Submissions sent via e-mail will not be accepted.
  • We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.

To keep this ship sailing, we charge a modest fee for online submissions. This money fuels the publication of Lucky Jefferson as we are a budding independent journal with an all-volunteer staff.​

Accepted poets will receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears and social media press. To keep things fair, previously accepted poets may only submit every other quarter or twice each calendar year.


Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal and trove that confronts the challenges poets face as they seek publication and exposure to new readers. We highlight and empower poets who have never been published, especially those who have sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life. We believe that marginalized voices deserve a platform and that anyone should be able to pursue what calls them most.


Upcoming Issue, Labyrinth


Oh, the places we go! We'll be seeking submissions for our upcoming Summer 2020 issue that highlight the choices we make, paths we take, and this labyrinth called life.  We want to know all about how you navigate this maze-like reality—tell us where you've been and where you're going.

We are interested in unpublished poetry, especially short poems (less than 18 lines in length), prose, and free verse poems.


All finalists will be considered for publication. ​


Poetry Guidelines:

 Lucky Jefferson accepts sub­mis­sions of unpub­lished poetry on sub­jects relating to the current issue.


When submitting:
 

  • Send no more than three poems in a submission. Submissions exceeding this limit should be submitted separately. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.
  • Include a cover page highlighting the poet’s name, email address, biography, and mailing address. Biographical statements should be two to three sentences or 50-75 words.
  • We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. We do happily accept simultaneous submissions.

  
To keep this ship sailing, we charge a modest fee for online submissions. This money fuels the publication of Lucky Jefferson as we are a budding independent journal with an all-volunteer staff.​

Accepted poets will receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears and social media press. Previously accepted poets may only submit every other quarter or twice each calendar year.

Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal and trove that confronts the challenges poets face as they seek publication and exposure to new readers. We target poets who have never been published, especially those who have sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life. We believe that marginalized voices deserve a platform and that anyone should be able to pursue what calls them most.


The 365 Collection


Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, a 100% digital collection of poetry. 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: Labyrinth.  


When submitting:
 

  • Send no more than three poems in a submission. Submissions exceeding this limit should be submitted separately. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks.
  • Include a cover page highlighting the poet’s name, email address, biography, and mailing address. Biographical statements should be two to three sentences or 50-75 words.
  • We do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online.

 
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. To keep things fair, previously accepted poets may only submit once each calendar year.



Empower A Poet
 

For National Poetry Month (April), we'd like to empower new and emerging writers with words of encouragement from other writers and poets in our local writing communities and around the world! 


Use this form to share your advice in a recording and/or a written quote/story. Newly Published? Describe how you stay encouraged or tips/tricks you used to get published. 



When submitting


  • Quotes or stories should be no more than 250 words
  • Recordings should be no longer than 3 minutes
  • Send no more than one quote/story or recording per submission. Submissions exceeding this limit should be submitted separately. 
  • Include your name, email address, where you're located, and a brief biography. Biographical statements should be one to two sentences or 50-75 words. If you wish to remain anonymous, please include a pseudonym. 

  


We will be sharing quotes and recordings throughout National Poetry Month (April).

Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal and trove that confronts the challenges poets face as they seek publication and exposure to new readers. We target poets who have never been published, especially those who have sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life. We believe that marginalized voices deserve a platform and that anyone should be able to pursue what calls them most.


Apply To Be A Creative Artist For Lucky Jefferson!
 

This application is only for artists who are interested in creating artwork for Lucky Jefferson.  


Lucky Jefferson publishes one print issue per quarter and publishes digital poems 365 days a year.

In addition to poetry, and other writing, Lucky Jefferson also seeks out Creative Artists to design the cover of a specific issue and content on social media. The selected artist manages the concept and completed design of an issue cover and/or may provide social media artwork.


When submitting:
 

  • Send a portfolio including at least 3 examples of your work (A link to your website, 3 images, or a doc with your work are all acceptable). Portfolios should highlight your artistic ability and a diverse range of work should be submitted.
  • Include a cover page highlighting the artist’s name, email address, brief biography, mailing address, and why you think you'd be a great Creative Artist for Lucky Jefferson. Please also indicate if you'd like to design an issue cover, provide artwork for social media, or both.
  • DO NOT include poetry in your submission. This application is only for artists who are interested in creating artwork for Lucky Jefferson.
     

Accepted Creative Artists will receive a paid artist stipend, one free copy of the issue in which their art appears, and social media and website marketing. 

To keep things fair, previously accepted artists can only be considered for the role of Creative Artist an additional time after 24 months.
 

Lucky Jefferson