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, Exposed
Now that we've heard your Testament, we bet you're feeling a little exposed. We are seeking submissions for our upcoming Spring 2020 issue, Exposed, that tap into vulnerability, raw emotion, the beauty of sharing beliefs and secrets, and what it means to bear it all. What will you expose?
We are interested in unpublished poetry, especially short poems (less than 18 lines in length), prose, and free verse poems.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.
Lucky Jefferson accepts submissions of unpublished poetry on subjects relating to the current issue.
- 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.
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.