Ends on March 31, 2018


  • Spring 2018 Issue: November 1 - March 31


HoosierLit is a literary magazine that showcases the best writing by Indiana writers. What’s an Indiana writer? Well, that might be a bit more difficult to explain that you’d think. Obviously, if you were born here, work here, live here, or lived here, we’d love to see your work.

But what if you’re a remote employee for a company in Indiana? What if your family is from here, but you were born elsewhere? What if you just took some online classes at one of our universities?

These are great questions. What you should do in your cover letter is convince us that your connection to Indiana is great and mighty because that's is one of two key components to getting published here. 

The other is writing something we want to publish! About that...


We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can’t articulate them.


  • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work no more than 5,000 words
  • Fiction + Short Stories: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Scripts: no more than 15 pages
  • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages. You must submit each poem individually!
  • Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture


Please keep your cover letter brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.


Please don’t use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.


  • Must be a Word doc or docx, 2010 or newer
  • Easily readable 12 pt. font, no columns
Please follow one of these style guides for formatting. Any of these are acceptable formats. If you do not submit your script in one of these formats, we may ask you to resubmit.

Samuel French Play Formatting
Gordon State College Play Formatting
Story Sense Screenplay Formatting


Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will use that on our contributor page. What you send is what we will publish, unless it’s too long. Then you’re leaving your bio fate in our hands.


Nope. Nope.

What about simultaneous submissions? If you submit to other places, drop us a note. And then don’t be a jerk. Let us know as soon as you know.


HoosierLit will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work.


Contributing authors receive a direct and equal division of the royalties. If we publish ten contributors, each person receives ten percent of every sale. Payments are handled directly through Lulu.


If all of this hasn’t answered your questions, you can Contact Us through our form.

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