Call for Submissions

NO FEE Submission call + editor interview – Tint Journal, DEADLINE: May 31, 2022

Tint Journal is the online literary journal with an explicit focus on writers who produce creative texts in English as their second or non-native language, also sometimes known as exophonic or translingual writers. In their biannual issues, they publish fiction, nonfiction and poetry in text and audio form, as well as artworks from all over the world. In addition, they share book reviews and writer profiles meeting their interest in ESL literature year-round in their In Conversation section. Since their writers and editors are spread across the globe, Tint is online-only and free to read. They are currently open for submissions of poetry and prose for their upcoming fall issue.  For more information, see my interview with Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Chairwoman at the nonprofit association Tint Lisa Schantl and a link to submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in? 

SCHANTL: Microfiction that is really micro. We get several flash submissions in nonfiction and fiction that are between 600 and 800 words, but what I would love to read more are the tiny stories in which every word weighs so heavy, it could make the earth spin an additional round. 

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

SCHANTL: I absolutely adore Asymptote. They publish translations from all over the world and contribute substantially to the contemporary literary landscape as they bring rarely translated languages to an English speaking audience and show how literary writing and creative thinking works in various countries, traditions and cultures. Of course, I also have to name the New Yorker here – it has been a guiding journal for me since I stumbled into my first creative writing class in my Bachelor’s and I appreciate it both for its wonderful literary contributions as well as its timely articles that are of an incredibly high journalistic, stylistic and personal quality. Some other magazines that I want to recommend – while being aware that I probably forget to mention a bunch of others that I enjoy – are SAND Berlin, Words Without Borders, Entropy, Orion Magazine, Catapult, Lunch Ticket, The Pine Cone Review, and the German speaking mosaik, Lichtungen, and manuskripte.

HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with the Tint Journal?

SCHANTL: Through Tint, I am able to exchange my thoughts on literature, on writing, on editing, and on various other social and personal issues with wonderful individuals from various regions. What we have in common is our dedication to increasing the diversity of voices in the English publishing landscape, and working on becoming a better outlet for these voices with an incredible team of skilled and enthusiastic people is a true gift. We are all volunteers, so we do not meet up face to face that often and most of our communication happens in written form. However, when we meet up for an issue release or to launch the process for a new issue, it feels like we are a family with a purpose. I think feeling this purpose reflected from every team member is why Tint is still alive and indeed thriving; such a venture would not be possible alone, and the sense of community among tinted fellows is just incredible.

HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions? 

SCHANTL: For our biannual literary issues, we have two open calls per year, one from mid-April to the end of May and one from mid-October to the end of November. Writers and artists can find all the information they need at Please read the submission guidelines before sending your work along – we have some specifics that we ask for. When you have readied your submission for Tint, please send it to We get back to every submission after the end of a call. 

For submissions to our In Conversation section (book reviews, writer profiles, interviews, and alike), please contact our respective editor Filippo Bagnasco at You find the submission guidelines also at

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

SCHANTL: Please reach out to anytime. Due to a possible difference in time zones, it might take some time for me to get back to you, but everyone will receive an answer. You can also reach us via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, we are active as @tintjournal on all these platforms.

Click here to read submission guidelines.

  • FORMAT: online (text and audio)
  • PAYMENT: Due to limited financial resources, we regret that we are not (yet) able to pay our contributing literary writers. We reimburse In Conversation content writers with € 25 per published text.
  • ISSUE FREQUENCY: biannual
  • FORMS: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

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  1. I’m not bragging nor bragging, but I am, by far, the most creative-innovative poet in the world!
    I am intrigued by your network!

    Has Its Own Country.”_-Van Prince

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