At Winter Tangerine, we want the electric. We want pieces that you have emptied yourself into. We want imagery that startles us, that stirs something inside of us that we do not understand. We want the strongest analogies, the most devastating characters, the pieces that have us enthralled from the start. If you think you've created something that fits this description, please submit.

We accept submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art.

We accept Tip Jar Submissions ($3.50, $5.00, or $10.00) year-round. You may submit via the Tip Jar here.

We will be open for free submissions from May 1st to November 1st.


Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are read blindly 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 pieces and memoir pieces. Please send your pieces in one singular submission.  

  • We accept visual, digital, photography and multimedia artwork. Please send your work in high quality. 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.

  • We will not consider erotica, graphic violence, children's stories or genre fiction. We also will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise bigoted work.

  • We suggest you download a copy of a previous volume to see the type of work we like to publish. If you can't, read through some of our Spotlight Series. Read other work by our contributors. Do your research to see if our journal is the right fit for your work.

  • Contributors to all WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $20.

  • 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.

  • If eight weeks pass and you have not received some sort of notification on your submission, please email us. Sometimes we get backlogged. Actually, we are almost always backlogged. Forgive us.

  • If we accept a piece of yours for publication in an issue of WT, please wait at least a year before submitting to an issue again. Spotlight Series are an exception.