LossLit has three open submission windows annually. We will not read anything submitted to us outside of these dates so please make a note of the dates below, as well as our general guidelines, before sending in your work to the editorial team. We read all submissions in the month following the submissions window closing. Please bear with us during this reading period; we are delighted to read your work, but it may take us a little time.

JANUARY 1-31, open submissions for our APRIL issue

MAY 1-31, open submissions for AUGUST issue

SEPTEMBER 1-30, open submissions for DECEMBER issue

2019 UPDATE: Please note an amended schedule of submissions for Issue 10 (publishing JUNE 2019 with selections drawn from January submissions) and Issue 11 (publishing SEPTEMBER 2019 with selections drawn from May submissions). LossLit will be on hiatus in September 2019 and not accepting submissions. We will re-open in January 2020. 

General Guidelines:

We particularly welcome submissions from women writers, writers belonging to ethnic minority groups, members of the LGBQT community, and other groups currently under-represented within the publishing industry. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. By submitting your work, you are agreeing to be signed up to our newsletter. No details are shared with any third parties, and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

We are looking for original (i.e., previously unpublished) works in the following categories, and encourage all interpretations of loss, from the sincere to the comic, via social commentary, personal memoir, and creative exploration of subjects including but not limited to: displacement, gender, the environment, bereavement, ageing, memory, nationality, history, politics, sexuality, relationships, love, crisis and faith. For an idea of what we like, please read our past issues and do have a look at our Twitter feed, where we share all contributions to our monthly online writeclub (held on the first Wednesday of every month, 9-11pm UK time, open to all).

Writers Previously Published by LossLit:

We are interested in publishing as wide a range of voices as possible at LossLit Magazine. Please therefore do not submit work for consideration in the two issues following the one in which you have been published. Thereafter, you are very welcome to submit new work to us, in line with our usual submission guidelines.

Poetry: Max. 1x A4 page of written work; any spoken word pieces to be no longer than 4 minutes of recorded audio

Fiction: Flash Fiction (max 500 words) and Short Story (max 3,000 words)

Non-fiction: Creative Essays (max 2,000 words)

Please also send a short biography along with your work. Work should be attached as a Word document or copied into the body of the email, to with the subject header ‘Submission LossLit Magazine’.

Unfortunately we are not currently in a position to get back to all writers. We recognise the importance of letting writers know when they have not been successful in submitting work and as above, we are happy for writers submitting to LossLit to submit to other publications simultaneously. However, we will always announce on Twitter and in our newsletter when we have made our selections.