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 in mind — if you can sum up your female character in one line (or worse yet: one word), our publication is probably not for you.

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

For our monthly MoonBites, we are looking for poetry or prose 300 words or less. 

We are looking previously unpublished work but will not count writers personal blogs as long as traffic is below 1000 views and the work is removed from the blog prior to submission.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

We offer a brief critique upon request. 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.

Please submit your work in a single document. Work should be previously unpublished. We know writers often use their personal blogs for material. If you have posted on personal blog and their piece has had less than 1000 views, your work is still eligible as long as the page is live during the submission period and prior to publication.

Simultaneous submission are welcomed but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere!

Fiction and Nonfiction: 2000 word maximum. Please include word count and title in your document.

Poetry: Please submit up to three works in a single document. If special formatting is required, please send as  a pdf.

Thank you for sharing your words with us.

Submissions are open for November MoonBites.

MoonBites are short works of poetry or prose (300 words maximum) that combine graphics and text. One work will be selected. We will work with the writer to design an Instagram deck and promote their work on social media. Four to eight original slides will be created. A cover image will be created and provided to the writer to use on their website and/or social media profiles. Tangled Locks Journal will also publish and promote the work on our website and social media accounts.

We are thrilled to partner with Leticia Plate, an illustrator whose work is defined by playful line and bold color. In light of her gorgeous, joyful work, our theme for this Moonbite will be gratitude and/or family. We see these as inclusive terms and not limited by social constraints. For inspiration, please check out Leticia's portfolio at Leticia Plate illustration.

Publication Date: November 8, 2021.

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere!

Thank you for sharing your words with us. 

Tangled Locks Journal