Submission Info

General Submission Guidelines:

Oak is seeking submissions from all genres—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more! There is no minimum word count—a single poem or a piece of flash fiction is fine. (In fact, your editor is a big fan of flash fiction.) There’s no maximum word count, either—but be reasonable. Magazines can only have so many pages.

Oak is a publication for everyone, so please keep submissions PG-13. No explicit sexual content, graphic violence, or excessive profanity will be accepted.

Oak accepts simultaneous submissions, but please alert us ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Please send submissions in .doc or .docx format to


Oak is seeking a diverse range of fiction submissions, including but not limited to:

  • Literary
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Horror
  • Romance
  • Young Adult/New Adult (Your editor’s favorite genres. Hint hint.)
  • Short stories
  • Flash fiction
  • Children’s (Yes, even short picture books!)


Oak is primarily seeking creative non-fiction submissions, but other genres of non-fiction may be accepted. It never hurts to try!


Oak will accept submissions of up to 5 poems from one author at one time. Oak may accept or reject poems from poetry submissions on an individual basis.


If you have an original illustration, photograph, or other artwork that you would like to accompany your piece, please include it with your submission as a .png or .jpeg file.


At this time, Oak is unable to pay contributors. We hope to become successful enough to offer payment in the future–but that all depends on you! We can’t publish a lit mag without getting submissions first, so send them in!

The Fine Print:

All written and visual content of Oak Lit Mag (“Work”) is protected by copyright. Third parties may not reproduce Work published on the Oak Lit Mag website ( without written permission from the original Author. Upon acceptance of submissions, Oak Lit Mag obtains First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights. Copyright for any and all Work published on the Oak Lit Mag website reverts to the Author upon publication.