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We are looking previously unpublished work but will not count writers personal blogs as long as traffic is below 1000 views and the work is removed from the blog prior to submission.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


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 story. The imposed stigma makes it challenging to tell our stories. 

Speaking our truth can be powerful. 

This February, we are running a special nonfiction issue focusing on women's stories about abortion. In our own voices, with all the complexity in our lives. There is no fee to submit. We are creating a space where women can tell their stories. We plan on sharing six stories.

Thank you.

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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 Work should be previously unpublished.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.

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Submissions are open for April 2022 MoonBite.

MoonBites are short works of fiction, poetry, or essays (300 words maximum) that combine graphics and text. One work will be selected. We will work with the writer to design a slide 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.

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

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