Written by Ella Peary February 15th, 2024

The Waxed Lemon: Now Seeking Submissions

The Waxed Lemon is a print publication featuring fiction, poetry, and visual art. Based in Ireland, they welcome both English and Irish language submissions.

The Waxed Lemon publishes a wide range of styles, but they especially like literary writing (writing with keen attention to literary craft). You can read samples of the journal online to get a sense of what they publish.

So far, The Waxed Lemon has published six issues. Each thoughtfully designed print publication features writing and artwork from around 35 contributors. They also sometimes hold literary readings in Ireland.

The Waxed Lemon is open for submissions now through February 28. Poets may submit up to three poems, 30 lines or fewer each. Authors of fiction may submit one flash, 500 words or fewer, or one short story, 2,000 words or fewer.

Visual artists may submit up to three pieces of artwork or photography. The Waxed Lemon prefers not to receive nature photography.

Authors and artists should only submit work in one category. Submitting authors can expect a response within eight weeks after the submission window closes. Submissions are read without identifying material attached.

Although The Waxed Lemon cannot pay contributors, each author or artist featured in the journal receives a copy of the issue in which their work appears.

The Waxed Lemon accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors promptly withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work, including writing published in print or on social media. However, they do accept artwork that has been previously displayed.

The Waxed Lemon only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Waxed Lemon, please visit their website here

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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