The Great American Lit Mag welcomes general submissions of prose and poetry. We read submissions on a rolling basis. 

We are happy to consider simultaneous submissions, so long as you withdraw your work from consideration within ten minutes of it being accepted elsewhere.

Our response time is typically less than 3 months. We receive a high volume of submissions, but we want you to be able to get your work into as many hands as quickly as possible and with the least amount of reluctance if it doesn't find a home here, so we aim to respond quickly. However, because we receive such a high volume, we ask that you only send ONE submission at a time unless you are specifically invited by an editor to send more.

We do not pay contributors for any work published in The Great American Literary Magazine.

Upon acceptance in The Great American Lit Mag, we acquire first rights for publication in our online magazine. Following publication, all rights revert to the author. Should we desire to use your work in any other context (primarily, this might occur in an advertisement-type context), we will contact you via email requesting the appropriate permission.

Prizes / Nominations

We nominate for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net respectively. All submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and essays will be considered for the appropriate nominations. If you are nominated by our editorial staff, you will be notified via email.

Fiction

Prose should be no more than 3,000 words.

Please send your submission via email to thegreatamericanlitmag@gmail.com with a cover letter and a subject line including your last name and the word "fiction". For example: Smith Fiction Submission.

Poetry

For poetry, please submit no more than 5 poems.

Please send your submission via email to thegreatamericanlitmag@gmail.com with a cover letter and a subject line including your last name and the word "poetry". For example: Smith Poetry Submission.

NOTE: We advise that when submitting (to any magazine) via email, you adjust your settings to ensure that you receive responses from the editorial team.