We accept prose, poetry, and art submissions through the months of August 1st to April 1st. Accepted pieces will appear online on a monthly basis. Our favorite accepted pieces will appear in our print edition of Kennings, which is published once a year in May. While we cannot pay contributors at this time, those who are featured in the journal will receive one complimentary copy. We aim to respond to all submissions within 2-3 weeks, but feel free to inquire after a month.
For art and photography submissions, please submit as a high resolution .jpg file.
Kennings claims First North American Serial Rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication. We kindly ask that if the work is reprinted it is credited as first appearing in Kennings.
Kennings Literary Magazine welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, art, and creative nonfiction. Our submissions period is open from August 1st to April 1st, though these dates are subject to change. Please submit your work here.
Accepted submissions will appear in our print addition of Kennings that is published once a year. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given of its acceptance elsewhere. Kennings claims First North American Serial Rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication. We ask that if the work is reprinted that you credit it as first appearing in Kennings. We compensate contributors with one copy of the magazine in which their work appears.
Read our About Us page to see what we’re looking for from submissions.
General Guidelines for Submissions
Only submit to one category at a time and wait for a response from us before submitting more work. Work that does not follow our guidelines will be deleted unread.
Please submit one work in prose that is between 500-2,000 words. Use an easy to read font and double space your text. Submit work as a Word file and include your name on the submission.
Please submit 1-3 poems in the same document. Use an easy to read font and double space
your text. If the poem is format sensitive, you may submit your work as a PDF. Please include your name on the submission.
Please submit 1-5 works of art, any medium, as JPG files. Please include the title of the work in your submission email.
Please submit one work in prose that is 500-2000 words. Use an easy to read font and double space your text. Submit work as a Word file and include your name on the submission.
What NOT to Send Us:
Any work that is racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or in any way is deemed as exclusionary or prejudiced will not be accepted, and we will not view work from you in the future. We also do not accept overly graphic, sexual, or strong language (though, we get it, sometimes you need a swear or two to get your point across).
Work that does not follow our guidelines will be deleted unread.
Read through these guidelines, and be sure to check out past publications to understand what we like.