What We’re Looking For:
Tell us a good story. All pieces are read aloud by the author. (We’ll send you a cheat sheet on how to record yourself.) Give us entertaining dialogue, an engaging writerly voice and rich descriptions. We want stories that are ultimately hopeful, even if the subject matter is sad.
What We Don’t Want:
Trauma porn, horror, hate speech, gore, gratuitous or non-consensual sex. Keep the swearing PG—we’re trying to avoid the explicit label. And our Abuela’s chankla.
Word Limit: Up to 2,500, but we love shorter works too.
Rights We Take:
All work remains the property of the author. We ask that your work not appear in audio form anywhere else for 2 months from the time the episode airs. You also grant us the right to store the podcast recording on the website.
We accept reprints/previously published pieces/self-contained excerpts from longer works but please make sure you aren’t violating your contract with your previous publisher.
How to Submit:
Send ONE written submission in the body of an email to LatinXlitMag@gmail.com. Put your genre (eg Fiction, Poetry, Humor) + the story title in your subject line. No attachments, please. We won’t open them.
Your cover letter can be very simple–“Hi Teresa, here’s my fiction submission” is totally fine. Please include a short writer’s bio (1-4 sentences, no more than 200 words, that we can read on air), and tell us which LatinX group you identify with–we can’t always tell by your last name. For example, Teresa’s married last name is Douglas, and she’s Mexican.
Please wait until you’ve heard from us before sending in something else. If we accept your piece we’ll also want to record a short audio interview (15-30 minutes) with you, talking about your process, and the piece you wrote.
We offer no payment at this time. We try to respond to submissions within one week, but right now (Sprin 2023), it’s taking four weeks.
Now send us your work! The world needs your story. Yes, YOURS.