"Winter Tangerine is not married to a specific aesthetic. Winter Tangerine’s staff is concerned with the way a poet’s positionality affects the way they render the content of a poem. I believe in a politic of proximity, which is to say I believe that those most affected by particular issues in our world should take precedent in the larger conversation. I’ve read many a poem by non-Black poets that, without critical engagement, name drop people who have died at the hands of police brutality. This comes across as a flippant grab at an emotional response that demands my emotional labor in an imbalanced way. Winter Tangerine seeks work that is genuine in its entanglement with oppression and liberation narratives."

-- Xandria Phillips, Associate Poetry Editor, in an interview with Frontier Magazine.


We accept submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art. We are open for free submissions in all months except March and August.


Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are read without names or identifying factors so do not put any identifying information on the document you upload to Submittable, or in your title. We will automatically reject pieces that do not follow this, so please look over your submission before you press send.

  • Please send all poetry submissions in Times New Roman, single-spaced, size 12.

  • Please send all prose submissions in Times New Roman, double-spaced, size 12.

  • Please send a cover letter with your submission. The cover letter should include a brief biography and the title of your pieces. This letter cannot be viewed by anyone except for administration so your identity will not be revealed to those evaluating your work.

  • We like works that combine and subvert language. Works with English that weave other languages are welcome.

  • We do not accept previously published work. If your piece has been published anywhere other than a personal blog/website, please don't submit it.

  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

  • Please title your works.

  • On Submittable, what you input in the title field should be the title of the piece, not "Jane Doe's Poetry Submission", not "Art from John Smith". It should be the title of the piece or series you plan on submitting.

  • Submissions should be 2-7 poems. We'd like to get an idea of who you are as a poet, your particular style, recurring imagery, etc, so we'd like at least two poems -- but we can't consider more than seven. Please send your poems in one singular submission

  • Keep prose submissions under three thousand words. We would love to read anything you wish to show our staff, but unfortunately, it wouldn’t be too time efficient to read your Ulysses-like novel manuscript. Likewise, while we love flash fiction, we'd like prose submissions to be at least two hundred words. Please put a word count in your cover letter for each piece you submit. 

  • You may submit up to two fiction pieces and one nonfiction piece. In terms of creative nonfiction, we don't want your high school term paper on the Salem Witchcraft Trials -- we want your personal essay and memoir pieces. Please send your pieces in one singular submission.  

  • We accept visual, digital, photography and multimedia artwork. Please send your work in the highest quality you have. Please submit all of your work in one submission. If applicable, please note the dimensions and media of your work in your cover letter. All artwork submitted will be considered for cover art.

  • Please include an artist statement on the first page of your submission. Use this space to show how your identity helps shapes your work. It should be no longer than two paragraphs. This statement will not be included in publication -- it's for us to have an extra lens when viewing your work. Literature does not exist in a vacuum; identity is an important shaping factor in any artist's work. Please do not include your name or specifically identifying information in this statement.

  • We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children's stories or genre fiction (though we welcome speculative works that reimagine our worlds). We will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work.

  • We suggest you read our online issues or our Spotlight Series before submitting. Do your research to see if our journal is the right fit for your work.

  • Contributors to WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $50USD.

  • We only accept submissions through our Submittable page. You can ask us questions through email, but any submissions sent through email will be deleted unread.

  • It can take some time for us to respond to you. It might be a day or it might be several months. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. We will probably not respond to your query. Forgive us.