We publish one issue annually in late spring. We open for submissions starting November 1, 2021 and close on February 28, 2022, allowing for a print production date in early May.

Levitate aims to share the various complexities we have as people. We want work that takes creative risks, challenges the status quo, and embodies quality and skill in form, voice, and genre. We recognize the way white privilege dominates the editorial institution and we actively seek intersectional writers of color, queer writers, neurodivergent writers, and otherwise marginalized writers. Levitate showcases these perspectives in order to build a thought provoking collection of work.

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 with your submission. Do not submit multiple times to the same genre. However, simultaneous submissions are accepted across genres if only once, for example one submission for creative nonfiction and one submission for poetry. 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: Nostalgia in Issue 6, responding to our current times. Throughout these last couple years, we have all had time to deeply reflect on our inner selves - including the bittersweet emotions that come with the past. We have spent so much time with ourselves that sharing these stories can connect us to others to create a community. In Issue 6 of Levitate Magazine, we’re striving to bring some light and contemplation that offers hope for our future. After all, it is in our past that we are able to find ourselves and grow. Respond to the theme in any way that makes sense to you, but please identify the genre of your submission and follow the guidelines for that genre although you will submit your work separately in this category.

Contributors will receive one free copy of the online 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 5 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, 2021 at 12:00AM and close February 28, 2022 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!

Throughout these last couple years, we have all had time to deeply reflect on our inner selves - including the bittersweet emotions that come with the past. We have spent so much time with ourselves. Sharing these stories can connect us to others, creating a community. In Issue 6 of Levitate Magazine, we’re striving to bring some light and contemplation that offers hope for our future. After all, it is in our past that we are able to find ourselves and grow. Respond to the theme in any way that speaks to you, but please identify the genre of your submission and follow the 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 that you used in creating the work.
  • Include the titles and a short artist’s statement describing the work, as well as a brief bio.
  • Artists can submit up to five pieces (five pieces equal 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.


*If you are interested in the theme of “Nostalgia” please submit your artwork in that category*

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • A minimum of 250 words, and a maximum of 4,000 words in one document as a PDF or a Word document with a title.
  • Standard font, Times New Roman, double space all of your documents, and 12 point font size.
  • Titles should be centered.
  • Include a brief bio with your submission.

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!

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • Submit up to 5 pages of poetry (no single poem longer than 3 pages) as a PDF or a Word document with a title. All poems should begin on a new page.
  • 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 with your submission.
  • If you are interested in the theme alone and together, make sure to submit your inspired work under the theme 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. 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.

We look forward to reading your work!

Our guidelines are as follows:

  • A maximum of 5,000 words in one document as a PDF or a Word document with a title.
  • Standard font, Times New Roman, double space all of your documents, and 12 point font size.
  • Titles should be centered.
  • No fan fiction.
  • Minimum of 250 words.
  • We are not accepting excerpts; please make sure your story is complete.
  • Include a brief bio with your submission
  • Include a trigger warning for work including graphic content

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.

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