We publish one issue annually in late spring. We open for submissions starting November 1, 2022 and close on February 28, 2023, allowing for a print production date in early May.

LEVITATE Magazine recognizes that not every writer is the same, and aims to produce and showcase diverse writing and put the spotlight on out-of-the-box ideas. We aspire to find work that displays different sides of life and shies away from what is considered “ordinary”. We intend to present different perspectives and various mediums of art that are creative and unique.

Please upload one prose piece, up to five pages of poems, or up to five artworks per submission. When submitting to Levitate, include a short bio in your cover letter. 

Do not submit multiple times to the same genre. However, simultaneous submissions are accepted across genres if only once, although it is not encouraged. If you submit in more than one genre, please include that information in your cover letter.  

The title of your submission should be the title(s) of your piece(s).  Submissions that fail to follow the guidelines will not receive the same careful attention that is given to correctly submitted work.

We hope to include a themed dossier: Eldritch Issue 7

Contributors located in the United States will receive one free physical copy of the issue. International contributors will receive a PDF copy of the issue. 

Genres:

Prose (Fiction/Nonfiction/Experimental)  can be no longer than approximately 5,000 words. We welcome flash fiction, which we define as anything less than 1,000 words.

Poetry submissions should be no longer than 15 pages.

Visual Arts submissions are open to all mediums (including sculpture), but no more than 5 pieces. Please submit images as jpeg or tif, 300dpi).

Please do not send novels, novellas, or complete collections.

We will not consider previously published work.

Submissions open November 1, 2022 at 12:00AM and close February 28, 2023 at 11:59PM.

If your work is selected, we ask for First North American Serial PRINT and ELECTRONIC Rights for publication. 

We look forward to reading your work!

In this year's themed dossier, we want to welcome speculative writing. In years past we have had an overwhelming representation of realistic fiction and poetry, but we want to expand more using this year’s dossier. We believe that art should be showcased where it has the ability to tell a compelling and inspirational story. This year’s theme for the dossier is Eldritch, which is defined as strange, ghostly, or sinister. We challenge contributors to experiment and not shy away from manipulating the genre.

We acknowledge some elements of the early origins of eldritch writing are rooted in vile beliefs, such as H.P. Lovecraft’s racist works. However, we’re looking beyond this and trying to redefine the genre to be encompassing–to embrace the unknown and humanities differences. On a broader spectrum, Eldritch can include: metamorphosis, supernatural, otherworldly, fantastical, and post-apocalyptic concepts. Respond to the theme in any way you see fit, but please identify the genre of your submission and follow our general guidelines for that genre, though your work will be submitted under this category.

Our guidelines are as follows:

Artists are encouraged to submit in any medium, including drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture (any material), ceramics, prints, graphic narratives (one page).

  • Please identify the medium(s) that you used in creating the work.
  • Include the titles and a short artist’s statement describing the work, and a brief bio in your cover letter
  • Artists can submit up to five pieces in one submission.
  • Any artwork that is in any three dimensional form (sculpture, ceramics, etc.) must be photographed and categorized as a three dimensional form. If you are submitting a picture of a three dimensional figure, it is optional to take multiple pictures at multiple angles in order to get a better understanding of the original piece (it will count as one entry).
  • Please submit your work as .jpeg or .tif (300dpi).
  • We do not include commercial art, fanart, or artwork that is disrespectful to others, and no explicit sexual content.
  • If there is gore or extreme violence add a trigger warning in your cover letter
  • No AI generated, traced, or stolen artwork (inspiration is fine).

*If you are interested in the theme Eldritch please submit your artwork in that category*

Ends on This opportunity will close after 130 submissions have been received.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • A minimum of 250 words, and a maximum of 4,000 words in one document.
  • File should be submitted in a Word document with a title.
  • Standard font, Times New Roman, double space all of your documents, and use 12 point font size.
  • Titles should be centered.
  • Include a brief bio in your cover letter
  • Add trigger warning at the top of submission if applicable.
  • No excerpts
  • Please only submit once to each genre.

We want strong storytelling in submitted pieces, paired with unique perspectives and developed ideas. There should be appropriate use of convention that has intention to further the story through scene, characterization, and reflection. We ask that you refrain from unnecessary graphic and explicit content. We accept all types of nonfiction as long as they meet the conventions listed above--including experimental!

We look forward to reading your work!

Submissions cap 130

Ends on This opportunity will close after 150 submissions have been received.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • Submit up to 5 pieces of poetry (no single poem longer than 3 pages) as a Word document with a title. All poems should begin on a new page, (maximum 15 pages per submission).
  • Please only submit once to each genre.
  • Work should be in a standard font (i.e. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.), single spaced, and a 12 point font size unless something different would purposefully benefit your poem.
  • If you don't have a title for your poem, title it "Untitled".
  • Include a brief bio in your cover letter
  • If you are interested in the theme Eldritch, make sure to submit your inspired work under the themed dossier submission category and not this one.
  • Work based on images must include the image of inspiration on the same document as the piece.

We believe that a good poem uses effective language and compelling imagery to evoke value and emotion in the reader. This means we are looking for intense and passionate writing but also poetry that comes from a place of light, inspiration, and hope.  The writer's attention to detail, sound, and structure should show through in the poem, and be memorable to the reader long after they’ve read it. We accept an array of poetic forms, traditional or experimental.

Submission cap 150

Ends on This opportunity will close after 150 submissions have been received.

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • A maximum of 5,000 words in one document, submitted as a Word document with a title (10 pages single spaced, 20 pages double spaced).
  • Standard font, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double space all of your documents, and submit as word document.
  • Titles should be centered. If untitled, title the story as “Untitled”. Story titles should match as they are in Submittable.
  • No fan fiction.
  • Minimum of 300 words.
  • We are not accepting excerpts; please make sure your story is complete.
  • Include a brief bio in your submission's cover letter. Include your full name and personal email address.
  • Include a trigger warning for work including graphic content and explicit works.
  • Please only submit once to each genre.

We are looking for a clear voice and narrative that utilizes devices and plot to their best capabilities.  There should be appropriate use of convention that has intention to further the story through dialogue, characterization, and reflection. We always appreciate strong images and details in our prose as well. These are the stories that the world must know. We want to hear what you have to say!

We are searching for engaging, driven plots featuring developed, unique characters. We welcome all genres of fiction, as long as they meet the aforementioned conventions-- this includes experimental work as well! These stories should carry purpose with them and pull the reader into your worlds.

Submission cap 150

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