Submission guidelines

By adhering to our guidelines of no explicit content, profanity, or violence, creators have the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity while contributing to the rich literary and artistic tapestry of our magazine. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Inaugural Issue, Issue#1: 

  • Deadline Extended to: October 20, 11:59 PM EST
  • Accepted creators announced: October 21
  • On Sale: November 3, 2023


  • Deadline: December 1, 11:59 PM EST
  • Accepted creators announced: December 20
  • On Sale: January 5, 2024

January / February/ March:

  • Deadline: March 1, 11:59 PM EST
  • Accepted creators announced: March 20
  • On Sale: April 5, 2024

April/May/ June:

  • Deadline: June 1, 11:59 PM EST
  • Accepted creators announced: June 20
  • On Sale: July 12, 2024


The numbers listed next to the sections are our article count for digital magazine. Plus let us know if you’d like to be featured online, digital, or both. 

Please note that while we welcome submissions from all writers and artists, not all submissions will be accepted for publication in our literary magazine. To increase your chances of acceptance, we encourage you to carefully review and follow our submission guidelines. Additionally, we are pleased to offer an exclusive opportunity for guaranteed acceptance through our paid submission option. By submitting an entry along with a fee of $50, you ensure that your work will be considered for publication.

Content Submissions

(8) Short Stories: Immerse readers in captivating worlds and unforgettable characters with your short stories. Whether it’s exploring the depths of human emotions, unraveling mysterious narratives, or showcasing imaginative realms, we welcome submissions of up to 2,000 words in all genres, as long as they adhere to our guidelines of no profanity or explicit content.

(8)Poems: Unleash your creativity and weave words into mesmerizing verses. From heartfelt emotions to profound reflections, our poetry section is open to a myriad of themes and styles. Share your evocative poems, no longer than 2,000 words, embracing the power of language and imagery to evoke emotions and inspire readers.

(8)Opinions/Articles: Dive into the world of literature and history through thought-provoking articles and opinions. Whether you have insights on literary trends, historical events, or cultural influences, we invite submissions of at least 300 words that enlighten and engage readers, while adhering to our guidelines of respectful discourse and adherence to our content guidelines.

(8)Artwork: We invite talented artists to bring the essence of the 1940s to life through visually captivating artwork. Share your pleasant illustrations, paintings, photography, film, collage, comic strip, or mixed media art, embracing the historical era, and exploring themes beyond violence. Let your imagination roam and showcase the beauty and nostalgia of that era through your art. 100% human generate art and art created with A.I. assistance is welcome. 

(8)Ink Tales:

We believe that every tattoo carries a story worth sharing. We invite you to share your own ink tales. Tattoos mark moments, memories, and milestones, and we want to hear about the significance behind your ink. Send us your tattoo photos and stories, celebrating the artistry and the narratives that adorn your skin. Through “Ink Tales,” we’re committed to celebrating the art and stories that tattoos bring to life. We believe in the power of self-expression, but we also prioritize respect and the celebration of the human form. We invite you to share your ink stories, but please note that we do not endorse or promote explicit content. Our focus is on the beauty of art and personal narratives, not sensationalism.

(1)Lit Kids: 

We would love to feature your kid and their art on the back cover of our literary magazine. While Renaissance Reads Literary Magazine is not for children, for many people including our staff, it is highly important to include them. We believe the RRLM is a keepsake, something to display proudly on your end table, or coffee table. And what better way to show off your love for your child/niece/nephew/ brother or sister/or grand then by submitting their work and telling us what makes them so great. 


Include your name, email address, current mailing address,  and bio (third- person, 50 words max.).

Keep This Content to Yourself

  • We will not tolerate any work that promotes harmful stereotypes and perspectives including: racism, prejudice, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, anti semitism, and ableism.
  • We also request that you refrain from sending us any sexually explicit pieces, works highlighting extreme violence, or instagram poems. 
  • We respect all religions/spiritual practices. We will not tolerate pieces that put down one to glorify another.
  • We will not tolerate any work that promotes or mentions abuse of children or adults no matter what the purpose/mission of the content is to the writer.  


We ask for exclusive first worldwide print and electronic rights for up to three months from the date of publication and non-exclusive rights to include published works in our archive indefinitely. We would like to be the first to publish your submission. After three months, you are free to redistribute it. It will be a part our collection forever. 

Accepted Submissions

Accepted submissions will receive: 

  • one free print copy of the issue (if located in the United States. We just don’t have the capacity to ship a free copy internationally). 
  • social media press

Keep in Mind

  • If your work is accepted, you will have to wait one issue before you can submit again. 
  • If your work isn’t accepted, you are encouraged to submit again for the next issue. 
  • If you follow all of the guidelines (left up to RRLM’s interpretation) and request and fulfill the $50 submission fee, your work is guaranteed to be published. The previous rules still apply (ie. You cannot pay to be included in every issue). 
  • RRLM is predominantly an African American Literary Magazine, however all Creators are welcomed. 

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