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Ninth Letter


Medium: Print and Online


Genres Accepted: fiction,nonfiction,poetry,interview




A collaborative between the Creative Writing Program and the School of Art and Design at UICA

Payment: $25 per printed page


Ninth Letter is operated by faculty and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is jointly sponsored by the Department of English and the School of Art and Design—it is an “interdisciplinary collaborative project.” It “lives a dual life as both a print publication and a web site.” The editors write, “We reject the notion that literature is an isolated mode of expression, or that it is encountered only as words on a page. Instead, we recognize and seek the intersections of literature and visual culture, traditional forms and new technology.”


I’m predisposed to like publications that utilize the potential of new media, so I find Ninth Letter’s inclusion of podcast and blog features really cool. The people at Ninth Letter are excited about new things, about experimentation. Due to its nature as a collaborative project with the School of Art and Design, Ninth Letter is a very visually exciting publication. No sample submissions are available to read, so I couldn’t get much of a taste for what kind of writing gets published, but I would tend to assume that experimental, different writing does well.

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Submission Instructions:

Submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages).
Submit 1 story/essay, up to 8,000 words.
Single- or double-sides copies accepted.
Include name and contact information on first page of manuscript.
Cover letters are optional.
Allow 8 weeks response time.
Include self-addressed, stamped envelope with mailed entries.

Submit electronically via online submissions manager

Or mail submissions to:
Fiction Editor/Poetry Editor/Nonfiction Editor
University of Illinois
Department of English
608 South Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801


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