Submissions FOR THE Summer Issue Are NOW CLOSED

Guest Editor: Francesca Bell

Our guest editor for the 2023 Summer Issue is Francesca Bell. Work submitted during the current reading period will be considered for this issue. 

Please submit your work only through Submittable. Email submissions will not be considered. Do not submit your work via social media. 

Please read our submission guidelines carefully before submitting. 

Please Note: We will re-open submissions for our Fall Issue later this summer. Submission guidelines for the Fall Issue will be posted here soon.

General Guidelines

  • Please include a short cover letter with your full name and brief literary bio statement. We prefer short, factual bios. Please don’t send us your entire literary CV. Please don’t tell us about your hobbies or your pets. 
  • Include your last namegenre, and number of pieces submitted in the title of your submission and your submission file – for example: Jane Doe, 5 poems
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. If you need to withdraw a part of your submission due to an acceptance elsewhere, please send us a note via Submittable to let us know.
  • Please do not submit previously published work. We won’t publish work that has already appeared elsewhere in English. This includes other magazines, your blog, or on social media. Translations of work already published in another language will be considered. 
  • Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please don’t submit more than once per reading period per category. Please wait until you hear back from us before you submit again. Please do not re-submit work that has already been considered and declined by B O D Y.
  • Please check the category guidelines below for additional submission instructions. 

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  • Submit between 3-5 poems in English.
  • Poems can be of any style or genre.
  • Each poem should start on a new page.
  • The total manuscript length should not exceed 10 pages.

Flash & Short Fiction

  • Submit a single piece of short fiction of no more than 2,000 words
  • Include the title, author name, and word count at the top of the first page.
  • Use a standard font style and size (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt.)
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced 

Creative Non-Fiction

  • Submit a single piece of creative nonfiction of no more than 2,000 words
  • Include the title, author name, and word count at the top of the first page.
  • Use a standard font style and size (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt.)
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced 


  • Translators are invited to submit translations in all three genres mentioned above.
  • Please follow the category guidelines when submitting.
  • Include the original language pieces along with the translations.
  • Word and page limits apply only to the translated works (e.g. 3-5 translated poems, plus the originals).


B O D Y retains first electronic rights to all published work. All rights return to the author upon publication in B O D Y, however, we appreciate a standard acknowledgement should the work first appearing in B O D Y be later republished at another venue. B O D Y retains the right to archive the work on our website.


By submitting to B O D Y, you confirm that you have the authority to provide the content you are submitting to B O D Y; the content is original to you and represents your own work or a translation done by you; you hold translation rights for any translated work you are submitting and indemnify B O D Y against any infringement of those rights; the work you are submitting does not plagiarize any other work and does not infringe copyright, trademark, intellectual property rights, or moral rights of anyone else; the work you’re submitting is not defamatory and does not violate the personal or privacy rights of person or entity. If your submission is accepted for publication, you agree to grant B O D Y a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use your submission in all formats and media published or distributed by B O D Y; and you confirm that you have read and agree to our Privacy Policy. You further acknowledge and agree that B O D Y routinely develops ideas and receives submissions from other parties, and you, therefore, renounce any claim that B O D Y misappropriated any ideas or portions of your content in future B O D Y issues, publications, or content.