Flypaper Lit

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Flypaper accepts unsolicited submissions via our Submittable portal ​( during the months of January and February. We hope to get back to you by the end of March or shortly into April. All accepted work is published online and then select pieces are chosen for inclusion in our yearly print anthology, which is scheduled for release each December. 

We accept only previously-unpublished work but welcome simultaneous submissions as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Note: Unless otherwise asked, you are allowed one submission per reading period, do not withdraw and resubmit the same piece, if accepted, there will be time to work on revision before the work is published. 

Submissions should be up to three poems in a single Word document, with each poem beginning on a new page. We are not looking for any specific kind of poetry, but we do aim to give a platform to underrepresented groups in the larger literary community and show preference to Ohioans.

We are also interested in books reviews of contemporary poetry collections, interviews with poets and essayists, essays on music, as well as short stories and CNF pieces with fewer than 3000 words. If Submittable proves inaccessible send the piece(s) to 

Upon acceptance, Flypaper Lit acquires first-time publication rights and the right to reprint in print and electronic formats. Following publication, all other rights revert back to the writer and the work may be reprinted elsewhere (we only ask that you give acknowledgment of its initial publication in Flypaper).

Flypaper believes writers should be paid for their work and are able to pay $5/ piece, we wish it could be more and as FPM continues to grow, we are confident the amount we’re able to pay writers will grow as well. If you want to help us- consider supporting on Patreon: 

Flypaper Lit