We are looking for complex stories, poems, and essays with strong female point of view. Our focus is literary work. We love unexpected poetic language and a bit of magic realism. We welcome all authors and their words with one caveat — if you can sum up your female character in one line (or worse yet: one word), our publication is probably not for you.

For quarterly publications, we are looking for work that is 2000 words or less. There is no minimum word count.

For MoonBites, we are looking for poetry or prose that is 300 words or less. 

We are looking for previously unpublished work but will not count writers' personal blogs as long as traffic is below 1000 views and the work is removed from the blog prior to submission. Submissions should include a word count in the document.

We are a small magazine with volunteer readers yet we are committed to compensating writers for their work. We pay authors $15 per published piece in the quarterly journal.  This in no way reflects the value of the author’s work but merely the amount we are able to pay from submission fees. For MoonBites, we offer a complimentary consult on social media marketing, custom-designed images suitable for social media promotion, and a brief social media plan to promote your writing on MoonBites.


We tell our stories. Well, most of them. We often keep the stories of our abortions tucked in a little box. One in four women will have an abortion in their lifetime but very few tell their stories. Transmen and Gender Nonconforming people are often left out of the conversation. The imposed stigma makes it challenging to tell our stories. 

Speaking our truth can be powerful. 

We have decided to continue to add stories to our abortion stories issue. We are looking for first-person essays where people talk about their experiences, in their own voices, with all the complexity in their lives. 

There is no fee to submit.

Thank you.

Do you need developmental feedback to bring your short prose to life? Our editors will review your work and provide feedback on your work that will provide writers with suggestions to strengthen the power of the story. We will look at the story arc, the strength of characters, the sense of place, voice, point of view, and plot. We will provide guidance where the pacing seems too slow or too quick.  
This is perfect for early drafts that you are developing.
We specialize in literary fiction and creative nonfiction.
This is intended for short prose up to 3500 words. If you have a longer work, please reach out to us at teresa@tangledlocksjournal.com.

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Please submit your work in a single document. Work should be previously unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are welcomed but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Fiction and Nonfiction: 2000 word maximum. Please include the word count and title in your document.
Poetry: Please submit one poem in a single document. If special formatting is required, please send it as a pdf.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Tangled Locks Journal