Ninth Letter Journal
A MESSAGE TO WRITERS
At Ninth Letter, we have always been committed to keeping our submissions process equal and open to all writers. While Submittable is the most efficient and popular online interface for both writers and editors, it is also one of the most costly. The Submittable subscription plan that Ninth Letter must use, given the size of our staff and submissions pool, is one of the biggest single expenses in our annual budget. Therefore, in order to continue to maintain our Submittable platform, we will be implementing submission fees for a portion of our reading period.
Beginning in September, we will require a submission fee of $3 per submission for online submissions to our print journal during the months of September, October, January, and February. Online submissions to our print journal will be free in November and December. We will also continue to take submissions to our print edition via USPS, postmarked between 9/1 and 2/28.
Online submissions to our web edition will remain free for the entire reading period. As in previous years, we will not accept USPS submissions to our web edition, nor can we accept any submissions via direct email.
Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to reading your work.
PRINT EDITION GENERAL GUIDELINES
Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays for our print edition from September 1 to February 28.
Please note our fee schedule as follows:
September and October: $3.00 per submission
November and December: no submission fee required
January and February: $3.00 per submission
Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter:
For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, up to 8,000 words.
Please do not send a second submission until you have received a response to the first. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as they are identified as such in a cover letter. Please withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
We do not accept submissions by email attachment—email submissions will not be read.
USPS submissions should be addressed to Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor:
University of Illinois Department of English
608 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Please include your name and contact information on the first page of your manuscript; cover letters are optional. All mailed submissions must include an SASE for reply; we recommend a stamped business-sized envelope. If you wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include adequate postage and a properly sized envelope, and indicate such in your cover letter. We will recycle all unreturned manuscripts.
You should hear from us regarding your submission within 16 weeks; if you haven't heard from us in that time you are welcome to query about the status of your manuscript at email@example.com.
We can only review two submissions per author per reading period; if you have submitted twice before the end of the reading period, please do not submit again unless solicited to do so by an editor.
For material accepted to our print edition, Ninth Letter pays $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears. Writers will be sent contracts upon acceptance of their work, and will receive page proofs prior to publication; payment will be issued upon publication of the work. Ninth Letter publishes one print issue in the spring and one in the fall.