Martian Lit has an open submissions policy. Before submitting, please read carefully the relevant information below.
No payment is currently provided for any material published on the website. You retain the copyright, giving Martian Lit only the right to keep the material in print online.
All work appearing on Martian Lit, if it is not itself already a work of visual art, is accompanied by at least one illustration. If your work is accepted, Martian Lit will secure artwork to accompany your writing. You may, of course, suggest an artist or provide the artwork yourself.
Fiction and Non-Fiction
We’re looking for creatively aggressive work. We want writers to be fearless. No topic is off limits, nothing is sacred. If you’re not willing to go there, then stay the fuck home.
Fiction and non-fiction should run from 1000 to 3000 words. Shorter works are accepted only if they’re really great. Longer works may be serialized, but they’d better not waste our time.
Please submit MS Word files attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “submission” in the subject line. Please also include a short bio.
No previously published work. Simultaneous submissions okay.
We are looking for poetry that has teeth and knows how to use them. Interpret that as you wish, or read what we’ve already published to get a better idea. Please send poems in the body of an email to email@example.com. Make sure you include your name and a brief bio in the body of the text.
Generally, we only accept previously unpublished poetry, but we may make exceptions as long as you cite the previous publication, including its date, in your submission.
Artwork, Comics, and Video
We’re always looking for artists capable of producing artwork to accompany writing on the site. We also publish artwork on its own, as well as online comic books and video.
Paintings / drawings / photography: please submit 2-3 pieces for consideration in PDF or JPG format. Please also indicate whether you’re interested in your work being considered for online publication on its own, or whether you’re willing to produce artwork to accompany our online writing or are looking to illustrate comics scripts.
Comic books: we understand. You have a project that is so great and weird that it wouldn’t be considered by any of the big publishers. Fortunately, Martian Lit is seeking offbeat, startling, and exciting projects. While we accept submissions of any genre, whether for a one-off or a series, in B&W and in color, we must ask that all work be of a high standard. Martian Lit does not put creative teams together for creator-owned titles. Please submit 5-6 consecutive pages of finished work in PDF format. (No original art sent by mail will be returned.)
Videos: please submit completed work, in .avi format if possible.
All submissions and inquiries for art, comics, and videos should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print / Book / DVD Publication
In addition to our website, we also publish books and other for-sale projects. The odds are against you, because we can afford to take only the very best, but you’re welcome to inquire using our contact info.
If you’re interested in this option, the best way to proceed is to publish on the website first, demonstrating quality and reliability while also familiarizing our audience with your work. Then we can talk.