Submission Guidelines

All submissions are completed through Submittable.

The Write Launch is an online literary magazine publishing creative works of short story, poetry, creative nonfiction, short novella, and novel chapters. Submissions must be original work not previously published in any format, including blogs and websites. Please take a moment to browse the site and read previous issues before submitting.

  • The Write Launch is published on the 1st day of each month.
  • Authors can expect a response 21-30 days after submission.
  • Copyright belongs to the author and will be included on each work.
  • Editorial staff will select an image to accompany publication.
  • Works selected for publication will be edited for grammatical errors.
  • The Write Launch has no submission fees.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw your submission if accepted elsewhere.
  • Please direct all comments or questions to

Categories for Submission

Short Story

Submit 1 short story per issue, maximum 6,000 words.


Submit maximum 3 poems in a single document.
Each poem should have a title.


Submit 1 unpublished novella. Novellas should be between 9,500 and 15,000 words (double-spaced). Please include word count in your document. Submissions that exceed maximum word count will not be considered for publication.

Novel Chapter

Submit 1 chapter only of an unpublished novel.
Include a brief summary of the story.

Creative Nonfiction

Submit 1 creative nonfiction, maximum 3,500 words.

“The words “creative” and “nonfiction” describe the form. The word ‘creative’ refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. The goal is to make nonfiction stories read like fiction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy.”Creative Nonfiction