NOTE:  Our guidelines were updated November 1.  Please read below to learn more. 

The Write Launch now has a $5 submission fee and you may wonder why. 

When we started The Write Launch in May 2017, we hoped we could offer a platform for emerging and first-time writers to share their work without implementing a submission fee. However, we began to realize that in order to further our mission, we needed to think about our future.  Could we continue publishing a quality literary magazine longterm without changing our policy? It has been a tough decision for us, and we debated about it over many months. In the end, we decided to add a fee.  Our main reasons for doing so: to help cover operating expenses and, at some point in the future, to pay contributors.

We thank you for your continued interest in The Write Launch.

  

Thank you for your interest in submitting to The Write Launch.  

The Write Launch is an online literary magazine publishing creative works of short story, poetry, creative nonfiction, novella, and novel excerpts. Please browse the site and read previous issues before submitting.

  • The Write Launch is published on the 1st of each month (except when the 1st of the month is a holiday, in which case The Write Launch is published the following day).
  • Authors can expect a response 21-30 days after submission.
  • Submit to only one category in one submission period.
  • Copyright belongs to the author and will be included on each work.
  • Submissions must be original work not previously published in any format.  
  • Editorial staff selects images for published works. Please do not send photos with your submission.
  • Works selected for publication will be edited for grammatical errors.  
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere.
  • The Write Launch has a $5 submission fee.
  • Please direct all comments or questions to editor@thewritelaunch.com.


A Feedback option is also now available for each category.  Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  Editor’s feedback response will be completed within 14 days after submission date. 

Short Story
Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $5.00
$5.00

Submit 1 unpublished short story per issue, 1500 - 7500 words. Please format your submission double spaced and include word count. 

Short Story with Feedback
Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $25.00
$25.00

General Guidelines:

Submit 1 unpublished short story per issue, 1500 - 7500 words. Please format your submission double spaced and include word count. 


Feedback:

Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What does the opening in the story promise? Does it engage the reader? 
  • Does the story follow through on the promise? 
  • Are the characters believable? Engaging? Intriguing?  
  • Does the narrator’s voice ring true? Is it consistent throughout? Does it hold the reader’s attention? 
  • What is the mood of the story? Is it carried throughout? Is there emotional affect?
  • What are the strengths of the writing? Its weaknesses?

If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  

Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $5.00
$5.00

Submit maximum of 3 unpublished poems in a single document. Each poem should have a title.

Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $15.00 - 35.00
$15.00 - 35.00

General Guidelines:

 Submit maximum of 3 unpublished poems in a single document. Each poem should have a title.


Feedback:

Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work. Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • Structure of the poem
  • Structure of individual lines
  • Figurative language
  • Tone and Mood
  • Development of the poem
  • Strengths and Weaknesses


If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  

Long Short Story
Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $5.00
$5.00

The Long Short Story replaces the “Novella” category.
Submit 1 unpublished short fiction with word count between 7,500-15,000 words. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count. Submissions that exceed maximum word count will not be considered for publication.

*Click here for more information on why we renamed this category.

Long Short Story with Feedback
Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $30.00
$30.00

General Guidelines:

The Long Short Story replaces the “Novella” category. 

Submit 1 unpublished short fiction with word count between 7,500-15,000 words. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count. Submissions that exceed maximum word count will not be considered for publication.

*Click here for more information on why we renamed this category.

Feedback:

Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work. Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What does the opening in the story promise? Does it engage the reader? 
  • Does the story follow through on the promise? 
  • Are the characters believable? Engaging? Intriguing?  
  • Does the narrator’s voice ring true? Is it consistent throughout? Does it hold the reader’s attention? 
  • What is the mood of the story? Is it carried throughout? Is there emotional affect?
  • What are the strengths of the writing? Its weaknesses?


If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  

Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $5.00
$5.00

"The words “creative” and “nonfiction” describe the form. The word 'creative' refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy." - Creative Nonfiction

Submit 1 unpublished creative nonfiction, maximum 3,500 words. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count.  

"The words “creative” and “nonfiction” describe the form. The word 'creative' refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy." - Creative Nonfiction


General Guidelines:

Submit 1 unpublished creative nonfiction, maximum 3,500 words. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count.  


Feedback:

Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What is the premise/theme of the narrative? 
  • How does the narrative engage the reader? 
  • Is the premise/theme developed to the fullest extent? 
  • Is the narrator authentic?
  • Do the tone and mood enhance the narrative? Detract from it? 
  • What are the narrative’s strengths? Its weaknesses?


If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  

Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $5.00
$5.00

Submit 1 chapter only of an unpublished novel, maximum 7500 words. Include a brief synopsis of the story. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count. 

Ends in 1 day, 10 hours $20.00
$20.00

Submit 1 chapter only of an unpublished novel, maximum 7500 words. Include a brief synopsis of the story. Please format your submission double-spaced and include word count. 


Feedback:

Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work. Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What does the opening in the novel excerpt promise? Does it engage the reader? 
  • Does the excerpt follow through on the promise? 
  • Are the characters believable? Engaging? Intriguing?  
  • Does the narrator’s voice ring true? Is it consistent throughout? Does it hold the reader’s attention? 
  • What is the mood of the novel? Is it carried throughout? Is there emotional affect?
  • What are the strengths of the writing? Its weaknesses?

If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  

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