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.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.