We currently have open submissions. The guidelines are few, but important:

-In the email title, use the format: “Submission, [either ‘Poetry’ or ‘Story’], [Title], [Author]”.
Example: Submission, Story, A House is not a Home, Arthur Lee

-Up to 6000 words prose or 3 poems. If you have story of more than 6000 words, or a cycle of more than 3 poems, please send a query letter first. We do not accept multiple submissions of short stories (i.e. only send us one story at a time)

-Previously unpublished works only (either in print or electronic format). Simultaneous submissions are fine, just tell us immediately if accepted elsewhere.

-The text of the story or poetry should be in the body of the email. No attachments. If you send an attachment, it will be deleted unread. Mark the end of the story “END.”

-Include a 1-2 sentence bio at the top of the email. Include relevant information such as previous publications and life experience related to the content of your submission; we don’t necessarily need to know your life story.

-Nothing explicitly pornographic, and nothing involving intellectual property rights you don’t own (i.e. fanfiction). We are open to any and all genres, and do not discriminate based on gender, race, nationality, religion, politics, or sexual orientation.



Every submission must include your name, nom de plume (if applicable), phone and contact email (if different from the one you’re using to submit) at the top of the email. If accepted, we will also request a headshot / photo to go up with your piece. Payment is $7 upon poetry / flash fiction (up to 1,000 words, but judgment is up to us); $20 for a longer piece. No reading fees, and we will always keep it that way (reading fees are dirty, grimy things). Addressing your cover letter to “Dear Editors” is fine.


Send submissions to: ALonelyRiotMag [at] gmail [dot] com.


Expected wait time:  Four months (greatly increased). If we have had your submission for longer than that, feel free to query us and ask for a status update. (Note: we’ve had a leave of absence, and there are some submissions from early 2017 for us to catch up on.) Please wait 3 months after a rejection before you submit again. Thanks!


Legalese: We purchase first one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication. We ask that in subsequent publications that you credit A Lonely Riot Magazine as having first published the piece, and that you grant us permission to permanently archive your work on A Lonely Riot Magazine’s website.