Submissions to Scarlet

Scarlet is a bimonthly blog dedicated to publishing the work of artists whose pieces give voice to the complexities of our multiple identities. In keeping with JIP’s mission to uplift marginalized voices, Scarlet aims to showcase bold and unique framings of the view from the margins, giving strong preference to writing that questions norms and provokes discourse. We are looking for work that redraws lines and reclaims spaces, as well as writing that is pithy, deliberate, and/or experimental.

Scarlet invites original poetry, fiction, essays, and creative nonfiction submissions in English from emerging and established writers from January 1st to June 30th, and September 1st to November 30th. Submissions are NOT accepted during the months of July, August, or December. 

UPDATE: Due to the current crisis, the editor has decided to keep Scarlet’s SUBMISSIONS OPEN year round. ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER. BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER. And Scarlet wishes to amplify the voices of this movement, and provide relevant content to its readers to sustain them during this difficult time. 

You may submit up to three poems at a time. Fiction and creative nonfiction should be limited to a single piece that is 2500 words or less. All Submissions must be e-mailed in a Microsoft Word document or PDF, with page breaks between poems. Prose should be double-spaced. Please include a short bio in the body of your e-mail, and identify the type of work you are submitting (poetry, fiction, essay, creative nonfiction) in the e-mail’s subject line. 

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We ask for exclusive electronic rights to accepted pieces for a period of one year from the publication date. Multiple submissions are not permitted. Please allow three months between submissions. 

Payment for submissions selected for publication on Scarlet is now $80.
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General Submissions

We are looking for writing with no holds barred: visceral, subtle, loud, honest, confounding prose that tackles a personal or universal truth and that makes us see the world around us more clearly or from a different perspective. Whether the manuscript deals with themes related to social justice, persecution, feminism, or reveals something about what it’s like to struggle through this world, with all the related losses and triumphs and unanswered questions that entails, we want to read it! Our past publications explore these themes with an additional focus on intersectionality.

We are open to nonfiction and fiction submissions, short stories, and long-form prose. Above all, we are interested in superb writing that allows readers to question their place in the world and the nature of humanity at large. We can’t wait to read your work!

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