Honey Literary’s third issue will be out February 2022! Our Hive is currently hard at work! We publish two issues each year, one in winter, and one in summer. Our current reading period (for Issue 4) opens February 1st, 2022 and closes May 15th, 2022.

To share your work, please email the respective genre editor and upload your .docx or image files (please direct any file format questions to Editor in chief, Dorothy Chan @ and she would be happy to help). Include a brief bio with a few sentences about why your work is a good fit for us with our mission statement in mind. If you’re submitting the same packet to multiple categories, please let us know as well.

Please send us your work only once per submission period. Simultaneous submissions are cool as long as you promptly notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.

Honey Literary accepts and encourages simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere. Submit no more than once per submissions period. We only accept unpublished work. Honey Literary retains first publication rights, and upon publication, rights revert back to the author. Please credit Honey Literary as the first publisher if the piece appears elsewhere after publication, which includes, but isn’t limited to other journals, anthologies, chapbooks, and full-length books.   

Poetry:  Send us three to five unpublished pieces at a time. We’ve got big appetites, so more is more. We want the poems that were too weird for workshop. Give us work that is eclectic and absurd and demands to be read aloud. Send us your jigsaw edges and remixes. 

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Rita Mookerjee: 

Sex, Kink, and the Erotic: Locker room talk is dead; Honey Literary is here for body-positive, kink-friendly content centered around respect and consent. Ideal submissions include but are not limited to confessions, toy/gear reviews, etiquette guides, dirty little secrets, burlesque show recommendations, odes to sideboob, fav strip club snacks, dating app wins (or fails), shibari shoots, erotic vignettes, recaps from the weekend, and that porno script you saved on your old desktop. Honey Literary loves and supports sex workers as well as their art/writing! Show us what’s inside your bedside drawer. 

Note from the editors: Please be sure to look up the difference between “erotic” and “erotica” before submitting.

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Rita Mookerjee: 

Essays: Send us essays that use the personal to explore facets of our current world. From natural history, science, politics, international events, food, culture, and art, we want to see how the personal and public intersect in your work.We’re seeking essays that are elastic, capacious, experimental and exploratory. We welcome memoir, nonfiction, research, lyric meditations, and hybrid work about what stirs your curiosity, what raises your hackles. We especially invite emerging writers and student writers to submit their work.  (750-1000 words) 

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Avni Vyas: 

Hybrid: Do you have work that blurs, defies, or redefines genre? We welcome excerpts and standalones that may include, but are not limited to: documentary poetics, notes, mappings, illustrated poetry, marginalia, lists, altars/shrines, collections, comics in any form, audiovisual pieces, excerpts from zines, doodles, interesting trash, prose poetry, letters, invented forms, collaborations, and scholarly projects that are slightly or largely out of touch with institutions. We love eccentric and experimental. Send enough work to contextualize your project with respect for our time (10 pages or less). We are particularly interested in submissions from BIPOC writers / artists, as well as members of the LGBTQIAAP+ community.

See past work in this category here.

For Issue 4 and subsequent issues, we are merging our Hybrid and Comics categories. Comics artists can now submit to Hybrid. 

See past work in Comics here.

Email submissions to Editor Jessica Q. Stark:

Animals: Kingdom: Animalia. Familiars. Daemons. Protectors. Companions. Predators. Prey. This is a space to submit art & writing about animals real or imagined, pre-historic or future, spineless or silky, friend or foe. Share the work you do with animals; show us the bioluminescent creatures in your lagoon; describe the dreams where your lost pets come to visit you. Highlight conservation work in your habitats. Profile the service animal of the year. Recount the folk tales that made you scared of drain serpents. Tell us about the anteater in the forest, the sandhill cranes in the parking lot, the carabao in the rice field, the angler in the deep. We want your venom, oily feathers, plush fur, mythical beasts, and whale songs.

Please submit a maximum of 3 artworks, 3-5 pages for poems, and 10-15 pages for longer pieces.

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Christina Giarrusso: 

Interviews: Honey Literary seeks to conduct interviews that showcase the boundlessness of art and innovation, tapping into the creative’s soul and teasing out the hows and whys of their passions. We want to facilitate interviews that go beyond the typical, robotic back and forth between two parties, but rather a natural, gradual unfurling between people who cherish expression and creation. Whether you’re a singer, writer, visual artist, or culinary chef, Honey Literary wants to know what moves you, what keeps you up at night, who’s in your artistic lineage, and of course, all about your craft. 

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Zakiya Cowan:

Rants & Raves: Send us what you are excited about. Rants & Raves is looking for critical & contextual works on books, just as we did before, but also we are expanding on that option! We are in search of pieces that meditate on works that bring out particular passions for you! Is there a single poem that you would like to blare through a megaphone at all the strangers & loved ones in your community if given a chance? Is there a single song that you can’t get out your head & wish you could talk about with every car that speeds by? Is there a train that you hear daily & absolutely wish didn’t wake you up everyday? Is there a bird you witness in flight that transports you elsewhere? This is where those individual moments that move you shine. We’re looking for (800 words or less) insights into moments that particularly move you. Is there one instance of an Allen Iverson crossover that you’re still hung up on? Which frame in the Rihanna “Work” video do you still have as a gif in your notes app? What about that one daffodil creeping into sprout on your sidewalk cracks? We’re open for you!

Email submissions to Editor Nabila Lovelace:

Valentines: Tell us about that one friend you didn’t know you were in love with until you came out. Share the sticky note love letters you’ll never end up giving your roommate’s girlfriend. Or what about those love songs you wrote to your favorite artists? Honey Literary wants your Valentines: your phone notes, email drafts, letters in a box, corner-of-the-page-too-distracted-by-lust-to-pay-attention doodles, and descriptions of the outfits you love but will never wear. Or what about your thoughts on the perfect perfume for that special someone, your late-night car conversations, your platonic epics, your [self-insert] fanfiction, your realizations of being pursued or secretly admired, your sheets of loose leaf stuffed into drawers, your quarantine love stories, or your Tinder conversations with strangers that you’ll never speak to again? Think about those missed connections: the person you ran into three times at the grocery store whose name you didn’t catch. Is your valentine a top 10 list? Is it taped on a bus stop, in the refrain of a pop song, at the bottom of a bowl, or framed at an altar? Give us your cutesy, your sexy, your sultry, and your badass expressions of love and life.

See past work in this category here.

Email submissions to Editor Maria Clara Melo: