Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – Lunch Ticket, DEADLINE: Mar. 31, 2020

I really can’t say enough great things about the staff at Lunch Ticket. They are kind, responsive, and organized. I wanted to know a little bit more about what they have going on and they are up to a lot of amazing things! Check out the details below and my interview with lovely person and previous Editor-in-Chief Arielle Silver.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Lunch Ticket.

SILVER: Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the students of Antioch University Los Angeles’s low residency MFA program. We publish full issues twice yearly, along with weekly content in our Amuse-Bouche and Blog sections. Our Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight series features a single literary or visual artist every other week. For both the main issues and the Spotlight series, we publish new, emerging, and established writers and artists from around the world.

Additionally, we publish work by current Antioch MFA students in the Friday Blog, which features personal essays on the life and craft of writers, and in the Amuse-Bouche: Writers Read series, which features craft-based annotated book reviews.

Like our low-residency MFA program, the staff of Lunch Ticket is spread out all around the country and world. Just this morning, I’ve emailed with LTers in Florida, Oregon, the Philippines, Arizona, California, and France. Demographically, we’re all over the place, too, which makes for a wonderfully diverse editorial team. We’re unified by our excitement about being here together on Lunch Ticket, and, of course, our love of the literary and visual arts.

HOPKINSON: How/why was Lunch Ticket originally started?

SILVER: The story of how Lunch Ticket came to be makes me giggle, but I think it’s a you-had-to-be-there sort of thing. I wasn’t actually there, so maybe it’s more of a you-have-to-know-Steve Heller (our MFA Program Director) thing. In any case, the vision was to create an ambitious literary and art journal, with a special emphasis on community engagement and the pursuit of social justice. The first issue was published in 2012. I’ve been on the staff since the sixth issue. Our upcoming tenth issue, Winter/Spring 2017, will be my third as editor.

HOPKINSON: Where can writers send submissions?

SILVER: As with every journal, I encourage submitters to read Lunch Ticket to get a feel for what we like to publish. The submission button is on the top right of every page.

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?

SILVER: Lunch Ticket hosts #litdish, a weekly Twitter chat about different writing topics, during our submission period. I’m almost always on the chat, so it’s a great way for writers to ask me direct questions in micro-flash-style 140 characters or less. Our Twitter handle is @LunchTicket1.

Of course, we’re on Facebook, too. And email never goes out of style:

Lunch Ticket submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2020



FORMAT: Online


FORMS:  Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Flash Prose, Poetry, Translation, Visual Art, Young Adult (13+)

DUOTROPE: (includes interview with the editors).

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  1. I have to say, I love ya for keeping up with this blog during this time. Avoiding the news is hard, so thank you so much for giving us something creative and positive to fixate on! Thanks to submitting and doing the online writing retreats, I’ve managed to keep some of the anxiety at bay by drafting, and each post I see you make encourages me to write more. You’re a lighthouse, my dear! Thank you for it!

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