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Ninth Letter

Literary Magazine

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The award-winning literary arts journal edited and produced by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.

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Highlights

  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    4 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    93 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    1.76%*
    Chill Subs tracker stats

Pays$25-$125

Find more details in the Genres section

Fee$3

Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, for all entrants

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

One longer piece or up to 3 pieces of flash prose

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

Nonfiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 1

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

One longer piece or up to 3 pieces of flash prose

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

Poetry

Min pieces: 3

Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $ 3

Payment: $25-125

6 pages max

How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Pays! $25 per printed page, with a maximum payment of $150. Submission fee for print submissions All U.S. entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter. All international entrants will receive a copy of our Fall/Winter 2023-24 print issue. $1000 prize for contests! The print copies look amazing!

Tracker statistics

430

Total submissions tracked

93 days

Average response time

1.76%

Average acceptance rate

17 days

Fastest response time

270 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 633 days, 806 days, 1667 days, 1793 days, 2002 days, 2925 days

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About

Founded

2004

Country

US

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    Editor Liz Harms avatar

    Liz Harms

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Michael Hurley avatar

    Michael Hurley

    Editor-in-Chief

    Editor Amy Hassinger avatar

    Amy Hassinger

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Christopher Kempf avatar

    Christopher Kempf

    Creative Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Ángel García avatar

    Ángel García

    Poetry Editor