Every Concierge client first goes through an in-depth onboarding process where our editors get the chance to learn all about you. We'll learn your style of writing, your favorite authors, your dream publications, etc. This will help us design not just the best submission schedule for you, but also a killer cover letter that'll draw the right attention from the publication's editors.
Every client then chooses from a curated list just how many regular submissions vs contest submissions, as well as the rate of prestige vs established vs new magazines or presses.
Based on all of this info, our editors design the ideal submission calendar, looking ahead over the next 12 months.
We submit on your behalf for the rest of the year! Just sit back and forget the anxiety of checking in on submission status—we'll do it for you, and we'll regularly update you directly with any news.
What other writers are saying about Literistic
"Super excited about getting organized & efficiently submitting my work using @literistic, which keeps you updated on everything from retreats to submission deadlines, sending monthly, tailored lists on where to submit! A must for both emerging & veterans in the #WritingCommunity
"Perhaps my favorite resource out there, what sets Literistic apart is that it takes that massive list of journals, contests, and deadlines and tailors it to you and your interests and aesthetics."
"...@literistic is one of my favorite things in my inbox every month. If you consider yourself a writer, you should check it out!"
Allie Van Duyne
New South Journal
"Thanks @literistic and team for your charismatic and singular response to writing in a wayward cosmos. Bless you, and may all of your visions for a better writer-verse come true in a timely manner and with useful feedback."
"I used to use (Duotrope) but find it too expensive now. It can also get overwhelming (so many options) and if you are a data person you can get obsessive about checking %of acceptances, response times etc. I’ve shifted to @literistic, which curates a monthly list. Best decision ever.."
"the email newsletter at @literistic is always great!"
George Oliver Kowalik
Jeffrey Patrick Bennet
Save hours of searching for the right places to submit your work
We email you a curated list of over 60 open submissions on the 1st of every month (over 4000 sent and counting!)
We find the best contests worth submitting to, including opportunities from magazines, presses, contests, grants and residencies that don't show up in traditional indexes
We rigorously filter through hundreds of opportunities down to the best 20% that offer the most value to writers
Use our unique filters to only see calls for submissions that best fit your needs
Reduce the stress of deciding where to submit
Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Flash—we've got you covered
We send you the contests that fit your wallet
We create a deadline calendar that does the work for you
Never miss a submission deadline
View deadlines weeks and months ahead on your iPhone/Google calendar
Get reminders and notifications for the deadlines you're excited about
We give you back hours to spend writing
Here's how Literistic works:
Receive a customized email with submission opportunities
You receive an email on the 1st of every month that brings to your inbox a customized list of writing opportunities including magazines, presses, contests, grants and residencies.
Pursue your interests
Click on any of the contest links in the monthly email to read more about and submit to contests and calls for submission that interest you.
Click to add deadlines to your calendar
Easily add our contest list directly to your device calendar so you never miss a deadline.
We're passionate about serving writers.
Literistic was originally founded by Liam Sarsfield and Jessie Jones all the way back in what feels like a previous age—their very first Literistic lists were compiled in 2015 and sent out to the intrepid writers who joined that year.
Since then, the list has only grown to be more robust, more equitable, and more useful with every year that passes. Now Literistic is run by Josh and Ben—two authors whose professional lives are wrapped up in the mad literary enterprise of writing and submitting and sharing resources with community. We work hard to bring you what we consider the very best opportunities available each month. Contests to cut your teeth on. Fellowships to give you that extra support and room of your own. Journals to bring your lovely words into the world. And more. There's always more, and you can bet we'll find the best new opportunities and share them with you each and every month.
Our newsletter List goes out on the 1st of every month, 12 months a year, with opportunities for fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction authors. We also provide a function to easily add deadlines from our newsletter to your own personal calendar, so you'll never miss that favorite contest again.
Our Concierge service runs for a full calendar year, and includes everything with the List as well. After a robust onboarding process where we learn who you are as a writer, our editors will serve as a personal submission concierge. We'll write your cover letter, we'll discover the best magazines and presses that want work like yours, and we'll help you take those hard steps toward your publication journey.
You can contact us with any questions at help (at) literistic (dot) com.
Josh Roark (he/him) is a poet and editor. He received his MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and he currently lives in the desert of Southern California with his filmmaker wife. He is the editor and founder of Frontier Poetry and Palette Poetry and author of Put One Hand Up, Lean Back from Unsolicited Press. He gratefully relies on Literistic to find the home for his current poetry manuscript. @joshuaroarkpoet
Benjamin Bartu is a high school teacher, poet, & writer. He is the winner of the Blood Orange Review’s inaugural poetry contest. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, The Tahoma Literary Review, Witness Magazine, GASHER, & elsewhere. An Associate Editor at Palette Poetry, he can be found on twitter @alampnamedben.
What's the main difference between the List and the Concierge?
The Concierge submits on your behalf! The List provides a curated group of opportunities with upcoming deadlines, but the effort of submitting still remains with the author.
I am a new author. Is Literistic right for me?
Absolutely. Our Concierge service can be a great introduction to the submission and publication process, and our editors will be happy to inform you of the why's behind all of our submission decisions. And if you have more experience, our Concierge will work entirely with your hard earned routines and preferences around where you'd like to be published.
And if you choose our List instead, we are excited to introduce you to great magazines and presses through the monthly newsletter, and we make sure that it's full populated with opportunities both for newer writers and ones more experienced.
When will I receive my first List?
Shortly after subscribing either to the List or the Concierge, you'll receive the most recent Literistic issue. Thereafter, you will receive Literistic via email on the 1st day of every month. We're as excited to get it in your hands as you are to receive it!
How do I change my subscriber preferences?
In the footer of our monthly email are the words 'your preferences'. Click that link to customize your experience by genre, category, fees, and geography.
What's your cancellation policy?
We unfortunately can't offer refunds on our services. However, you may cancel your plan at any time to avoid the next auto-renewal at end of term, by unsubscribing at the bottom of the monthly email, or by reaching out to us directly.
Can I recommend a publication, contest or fellowship?
Absolutely! We'd love to hear from you. By the nature of our service we only publish a select subset of what we see. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.