General Submission Guidlines

  • We accept rolling submissions. But please refer to our website for our issue deadline.
  • We accept the following file types:
    • Word Documents (.doc/.docx files)
    • Rich Text Format (.rtf files)
    • Text (.txt files)
    • Portable Document Format (.pdf files)
    • Open Document Text (.odt files)
  • We discourage submission of previously published works (although we may allow them if the circumstances warrant). We do accept works submitted simultaneously to other publications. The author is required to inform the Editors if a work submitted was selected for publication elsewhere.
  • We read and consider all submissions that meet the guidelines. You will be informed by e-mail within four weeks of the final deadline whether or not your work(s) were chosen for publication. This may or may not be accompanied by any criticism or explanation of the selection committee’s decision.
  • All submissions must be formatted exactly as the author wishes them to be published, including: capitalization, punctuation, line breaks, indentations, etc.
  • Upon acceptance, the editors reserve the right to suggest changes, especially typographical, conformity with which will determine whether the work will be published.
  • The selections committee may determine to publish a work in a subsequent issue of the journal. If this decision is made we will inform you, and you may choose to decline.
  • Please include a one-paragraph, approximately 50 to 100 word note about yourself, including any of your academic and/or professional credentials you would like to supply. Some personal information is acceptable, but please refrain from including a profuse amount of intimate personal details. Upon acceptance, these will be published in the journal in the “Notes on the Contributors” section.
  • Each published author will receive a free contributor copy of the journal. Non-US authors may be asked to pay the cost of shipping to receive their free issue.
  • All works accepted will be published online (ISSN 2326-5310) and in Print (ISSN 2326-5302). All rights revert to the author upon publication.
  • The Lost Country does not grant monetary awards for publication at this time.
  • The length restrictions for all genres below should be considered rough guidelines for what we’re looking to publish. For example, if you were to submit a poem of 157 lines, we may still read and consider it; however, anything radically under or over the limitations will not be considered.
  • Please submit each poem as a separate submission.
  • We accept poetry of up to a maximum of roughly 150 lines.
  • Please submit only one story per form
  • Short fiction is limited to approximately 5000 words. Please refrain from submitting works which include a profuse amount of explicit violence, sexual content, or language.
  • We generally do not accept ‘flash-fiction’.
  • We do accept portions of longer, even uncompleted, works so long as the portion or chapter submitted is self-contained and able to be beneficially read on its own (e.g., no cliffhangers).
  • We do publish fiction serially; however, we will only accept submission of completed works to be published serially. Each portion should follow the length guideline for short fiction above. You may include notations regarding suggested breaks in the text, though upon acceptance the editors reserve the right to consult with the author on both the number of portions and where they will break.
  • please submit only one tranlsations per form
  • We accept translation of important literary works of up to a maximum of around 1000 words.
  • Please include the original text of the work being translated.
  • Please submit only one essay per form
  • We accept critical essays of any length. Essays are limited to “classic” works in the Western literary tradition and essays on literary theory considered in general. They should be scholarly in nature and cited according to a recognized academic style guide (e.g., MLA, Turabian, Chicago), including a Works Cited page, if applicable.
  • Please submit only one review per form
  • We express a preference for book reviews of new literary works, ideally published within the last five years, though we may allow reviews of older works in special situations. Reviews should be around 500-1000 words.
  • Please include information about the book reviewed, including: author’s or authors’ name(s), full title (including subtitle, if applicable), series title if any, place and date of publication, publisher’s name, number of pages (including front matter), and retail price.
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