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Saffron Lit accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art (including photography), scripts, and any hybrid of these genres. Your work does not need to be centered on your lived experience or culture. We are interested in your speculative, realistic, and pop-culture inspired work just as much as we are interested in stories about heritage and identity!

Submissions are OPEN until September 15.

Saffron Lit publishes quarterly (four times a year). Our submission periods are:

January 1 - March 15 · April 1 - June 15 · July 1 - September 15 · October 1 - December 15

General Guidelines

  • Please be of MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) and/or South, Central, or West Asian descent.

  • Please send all submissions to, with the subject line “[GENRE] – [First & Last Name]”. 

  • Either attach your work to your email (one attachment per genre, please) as a .pdf or .docx OR paste your work into the body of your email, along with a cover letter (don’t stress about this!) and a brief third-person bio. You can address your submissions simply to "Editors" – we really don't mind! 

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed! If your work is accepted elsewhere, please inform us promptly – we’d love to celebrate your acceptance! 

  • You are more than welcome to submit previously published work if you retain the rights to these pieces! We want to provide a platform for brown Asians to share their work with next to no limitations. If you choose to do so, please indicate where your work was first published (and, if relevant, where it has appeared since). 

  • If your work is declined, you are more than welcome to resubmit as soon as you'd like.

  • As much as we would love to, we are unable to financially compensate contributors at this time (though we hope to in the future). We’re run by two students (in high school and college, respectively!) doing this out of love, which is all we have to offer at the moment ❤ If accepted, we will be sure to feature your work and profiles across our social media accounts.

  • We nominate for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize

  • NO racist, sexist, casteist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic work will be considered (meaning works promoting such beliefs, not featuring them as themes and lived experience). We also reserve the right to turn down work featuring gratuitously explicit descriptions of sex at our discretion, though work with sexual themes or mild sexual content is permitted.


Poetry Guidelines

  • Please submit up to 5 poems at a time; there is no line limit.

  • If in doubt regarding a prose poem, submit it as poetry. If we feel that it is better suited for Saffron Lit as prose, we will let you know.

Prose (Fiction + Nonfiction) Guidelines

  • Please submit up to 2 pieces at a time. We prefer each piece to be at most 3000 words long, though this is a flexible limit. 

  • If you are submitting flash fiction (1000 words and under), you may submit up to 3 pieces at a time.


Visual Art Guidelines

  • Please submit up to 5 pieces at a time (whether your submissions may be 2D art, 3D art, photography, or a combination of various media.)

  • We accept both black and white & color photography.

  • Please attach all image submissions to your email as a .jpg or .png, and as high-quality as possible.


Submission Options

  • Standard: Submit at no cost. Expect a decision within two to three weeks (typically much sooner), with our general thoughts on your piece in our decision.

  • More to be introduced soon!


Saffron Spotlight (for YOUNG WRITERS)

  • If you are under the age of twenty, we may request to feature you as a part of our Saffron Spotlight series! In addition to listing your work separately within the issue, we would also love to interview you about your commentary on the piece(s), sources of inspiration, writing process, and more! If offered a feature, you are welcome to decline. 


Publication Rights

  • If Saffron Lit is the first to publish your work (yay!), we ask that you wait one month (during which we reserve exclusive rights) before publishing it elsewhere — at this point, all rights revert back to the author. We also ask that you acknowledge us in any subsequent publications (e.g. “First published in Saffron Lit”).

  • For all submissions, we reserve archival rights (meaning we will keep your work published in our archives). 

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