Virginia Literary Journal


SUBMISSIONS OPEN for Virginia Literary Journal #4:
APRIL 1 - JULY 31 for Virginia Writers, Photographers & Artists!

You are invited to contribute your works of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, photography or illustrations with a Virginia setting or theme. Selections will be announced by October.


POETRY (<50 lines)
FLASH FICTION (<1000 words)
CREATIVE NONFICTION (1000 – 3500 words)
B&W or COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY (vertical format, high resolution, 300 dpi, JPG only)
B&W or COLOR PAINTINGS/SKETCHES (vertical format, scanned high resolution, 300 dpi, JPG only)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a resident of Virginia. Submission(s) must have a Virginia setting or theme. Not previously published in any format. Not a contest winning piece.

Fiction/Creative Nonfiction - one submission per category (only one eligible for selection)
Poetry – up to three poems (up to two eligible for selection)
Photography, Drawings, Sketches – up to three images

SELECTION PROCESS: When we read your piece, we want to experience a strong sense of place – of Virginia. You will be notified by October if your work is accepted or not. 

If selected and notified for publication and the piece has not been withdrawn, you agree to allow the Virginia Literary Journal to publish the piece online, in its web-based publication, as well as in a possible, future print anthology. Photographers/artists additionally agree to allow accepted images to be used for promoting the publication issue. Please refrain having accepted submissions published in another publication or other method until AFTER it has first appeared in the Virginia Literary Journal. Include the following statement with subsequent uses of the work: "First published in the Virginia Literary Journal [issue number or publication year]" - exception permitted for unpublished novel excerpts.

We will attempt to make a balanced selection from writers, photographers, and illustrators across the Commonwealth, however, the quality of the submission will be the first consideration.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: All submissions will be received online only via