semicolon is now having rolling submissions with a reading period from May to August for our fall issue. Be on the lookout for more info soon!

Issue IV is set to publish in September 2020.

Please read our submission guidelines before submitting.

General Guidelines

1. Stories by both neurodivergent and neurotypical voices are encouraged as long as they deal with mental health in some capacity, either explicitly or implicitly.


2. No racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. work. No hate speech at all. We will delete your submission. Only love here.


3. Please refrain from unnecessarily detailed depictions of violence and sexual acts. We do not consider pieces that toe the line of pornographic without clear purpose. While we will not limit experiences that are connected to mental health in this area, we request that this guideline still be respected and maintained and that you make trigger warnings abundantly clear in your email. We want to protect our readers and ourselves.


4. Please include necessary trigger warnings in your email (i.e., self-harm, eating disorders, references to suicide, etc.). We want to include the proper trigger warnings for our readers!


5. semicolon publishes twice per year: once in the winter and once in the summer. 


6. We accept submissions from all over the world and from writers of all ages and backgrounds. 


7. Simultaneous submissions are expected and encouraged! Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

8. We accept one submission per genre per reading period. If submitting multiple genres, please send them in separate emails. Each genre has a specified limit per submission as well.


9. We do not accept previously published work; however, we will consider work posted on a personal blog. In your submission, please specify the piece was posted on your blog and paste the link to the post. We also do not accept full-length collections/novels, as we are not a press.


10. We are currently unable to print physical copies of our journal or pay contributors, but we will support you and your work enthusiastically. 


11. semicolon retains worldwide first serial rights to accepted work with the option for the author to extend additional rights. If your work is published subsequently, we would appreciate an acknowledgment of original publication. 


12. If you haven’t heard back from us in two months, query us. We are all writers, students, and employees. We want to give your work the attention it deserves, so we appreciate your patience.  


13. There are three options for submitting your work to us: Free, Tip Jar, and Expedited. Tip Jar Submissions are $3. Expedited Submissions are $5 and guarantee a response in three weeks. All options can be viewed and purchased on our shop page. If you make a purchase (thank you!), please put your order number in the body of your submission email. These submissions do not receive special attention and are not favored in any way.

14. Editors are not required to give critiques or feedback on rejected submissions.


15. Please wait until the next call for submissions to submit again if you were previously rejected. If your work is accepted, wait a full issue after your publication to submit to future issues.

16. If you do not follow instructions, we will not consider your submission.

Email Format

1. Send submissions to:


2. Please write in the subject line: GENRE, Title of Work.

3. We accept one submission per genre per reading period. If submitting multiple genres, please send them in separate emails. Each genre has a specified limit per submission as well.


4. In the body, please include: a small cover letter, the word count (for prose), order number (if applicable), and a brief third-person bio.


5. Send file as .docx or .doc. for prose; 300 dpi JPG or PNG for photography and art.

6. We always send a confirmation email stating we received your submission. If you do not receive one within two weeks, please resend and ensure you are sending your submission to the correct email.


1. Submit 1 essay/short story up to 5,000 words.

2. Submit up to 3 flash fiction/nonfiction pieces no longer than 1,000 words each (all in one document).

3. We accept up to 2 critical essays per issue.

4. We accept hybrid works. In the body of the email, please specify if it is a hybrid of poetry and nonfiction or poetry and fiction (this way we know which editors should read it!)

5. We do not accept excerpts of longer works unless they stand alone. ​

6. Please specify whether the submission is fiction or nonfiction.

7. Times New Roman or Garamond, 12 pt., double-spaced, with page numbers.

8. Send file as .docx or .doc.


1. Submit 3-5 poems or one long-form poem.

2. We accept various styles and forms, including translations.

3. Send file as .docx , .doc, or PDF if applicable.


Translations are considered for any genre. Previously published work in its original language is allowed and encouraged. 


In your cover letter, please include a bio for both author and translator.


If possible, please include a copy of the work in its original language as well. The translator must make sure that permissions for publication are granted for the work in its original language to appear again in publication. 

Visual Arts

Please submit photography or photos of art in 300 dpi as .jpg or .png, and send no more than five (5) pieces at a time. The visual art we are looking for does not have to connect to/convey the topic of mental health in the way our written content does. We value more abstract styles; please do not send us photos of sad girls crying/lying down on railroads/engaging in self-harm—that is not the aesthetic we are looking for as a literary journal dedicated to mental health. All visual art submissions will receive acceptance/rejection responses closer to the end of each submission period so we can get a feel for what each issue will hold—this means that visual arts submissions do not qualify for expedited responses.

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