Submissions for LSJ 02 are open!
Submissions for Issue 02 opened on the 1st of August and will close on the 30th of November. Please read through our submission guidelines below before submitting - we reserve the right to return submissions that do not comply without reading. If you have any questions, email us at .
Our average response time is six to eight weeks, dependant on workload. If you would like a super speedy response to your submission, we offer expedited responses for £3 that guarantee a decision within two working days. To purchase an expedited response, please use the 'Donate' button at the bottom of the page. While making the donation you will be given the opportunity to add a note, where you should enter the following as shown: Expedited Response - Your first and last name - The email address you will use to send your submission - The submission type (poetry/essay/book review etc). As soon as you've paid, send your submission to , including 'Expedited Response' in the subject heading. We'll confirm receipt. Please note that expedited response submissions should still follow our submission guidelines.
For poetry, send up to six poems or six pages of A4, preferably with single spacing and typed in 12 pt Amiri or Garamond, with each poem starting on a new page (with all the poems in one pdf or word document).
For essays, we're mainly interested in anything that relates to poetry, poets, the poetry world and anything in between, but we're willing to fall in love with something we haven't thought of. Send up to three of no more than 3,000 words (in separate pdf or word documents).
For book reviews, we are only interested in reviews of poetry, relevant autobiography, and poetry related non-fiction. We encourage reviews that encompass multiple books. Send up to three of no more than 3,000 words (in separate pdf or word documents). We rarely accept unsolicited book reviews, but if you would be interested in writing reviews for us on a regular basis please check our 'About' page for details.
If you are an author/publisher and have a book or manuscript that you would like Little Stone Journal to review, please send us an email with a PDF copy (or, where this is not possible, a generous sample) attached and the subject heading 'RR: [book title] by [author's name]'.
We also accept pitches for interview pieces and cover designs. For these, please send a brief email outlining your idea to . (For all other submissions, you must use the submissions email mentioned below.)
All submissions must be previously unpublished, which means they can't have appeared anywhere in print, as part of a broadcast, or online (this includes posting them on social media, on your personal website, and on places like YouTube and SoundCloud). If we accept your work, we ask that you wait a minimum of three (3) months after your work has appeared in Little Stone Journal before publishing it elsewhere, and that you credit us with first publication with the words 'First published by Little Stone Journal.'
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
We will only consider one submission per category at a time. For example, if you have already sent us a poetry submission, you may send us an essay or book review, but you may not send us another poetry submission until we have responded to the first poetry submission.
Please send poetry, essay and book review submissions to with your name and submission type in the subject heading, and include a brief covering letter in the body of your email. If you aren't sure how to write a covering letter, we recommend reading this article from the Poetry Society. If your writing is a good fit, we'll usually respond within six to eight weeks (please see top of page for expedited responses). Unfortunately, we cannot enter into correspondence over or offer feedback on unsuccessful submissions.