How to Submit to 10th Ward Lit

General Guidelines

  • 10th Ward Lit seeks individual creative work from Evanstonians and those connected to the Evanston community who are 15 years of age and older

  • We accept the following type of submissions:

      1. Poems

      2. Short fiction

      3. Sequential fiction (comics)

      4. Photography

      5. Illustrations

      6. Creative nonfiction

  • Please send original work that has not been previously published

  • Individuals may submit up to three works at a time

  • Submissions in a wide variety of languages are welcome

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know as soon as it’s accepted elsewhere. Please wait until you receive a response for your submission before submitting again for the same cycle.

  • We publish four times a year, if your submission(s) were not accepted and your work still fulfills the next theme you may resubmit

  • We ask that if you have been accepted for publication with us, please skip the next issue before submitting again

Length Limit and Short Bio

  • For short fiction and creative nonfiction submissions we have a word limit of 4,000 words

  • For poetry submissions there is a line limit of 70 lines

  • Sequential fiction of no more than 3-5 pages

  • Please include a cover page with your submission with a brief one paragraph (between 25 and 125 words) biography and anything you’d like to tell us about your art

  • Please let us know if you would like your submission published anonymously

Call for Diversity and Content

  • We strongly encourage submissions from groups traditionally underrepresented in publishing such as: indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQA+ writers, members of the disability community, and women.

  • 10th Ward Lit invites submissions of high artistic and literary merit that can appeal to a wide range of individuals in the Evanston community.

  • Please be aware that explicit nudity, sexuality, language, violence, and degrading or inflammatory content in submissions may be a factor in the final selection process.

How to Send Submissions

  • We only accept submissions via email at Please send submissions with the following subject line:

  • Last name, first name, number of submissions, and type: (e.g. Cliff, Robin 2 photos)

  • Response time may take up to 6 weeks. We will respond to you via email or phone with acceptance or refusal.


  • Microsoft Word document as an attachment only, no PDFs or RTFs

  • Name and contact info on top of first page

  • All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced.

  • For art .JPG, .TIFF, or zip file