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The Lit Nerds

Literary Magazine




Good fiction doesn’t have to have an unhappy ending. The Lit Nerds is a literature and culture magazine that's creating a space in the world of short fiction where hope can thrive, and you don’t have to choose between quality literature and faith in humanity.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    up to 3 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • 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

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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


Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Absurdist, Action-Adventure, Experimental, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Gothic, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Magical Realism, Mystery, Noir, Romance, Science Fiction, Speculative, Young Adult

Send us your happy endings, your good triumphing over evil, your stories where the dog doesn’t die. Romanticize everyday life until we have no idea how we never saw the magic ourselves. Make us laugh, give us hope, restore a little bit of our faith in humanity. We don’t care what genre it is, whether it’s contemporary, a thousand years ago, or in another world entirely, as long as it’s well-written and enjoyable to read.

Nonfiction (Article)

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , ,

Have an article burning inside of you that you need to share with the world? Email the full article to!

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No one's judging you on your cover letter unless you're mean or you spell everything wrong. We just want want to know you're not spam. Include a third person bio starting with your name, ideally less than 70 words.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Use standard fonts and font sizes. Don't give us a headache trying to read your work.

  • Author's rights

    By submitting your piece, you are confirming you hold the rights your work. The Lit Nerds reserves one time, archival, and promotional rights in order to publish your piece, keep it on our site, and promote you. The Lit Nerds does not reserve exclusive rights, meaning you can publish your piece elsewhere in the future, we just ask that you acknowledge the Lit Nerds as the first place your piece appeared. All other rights remain with the author.

  • Additional info

    There’s no word count limit, but if you don’t wow us right away, we might stop reading. Life is too short for bad fiction.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

33 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

5 days

Fastest response time

115 days

Slowest response time

Сhill Subs is able to provide internal statistics because you use our tracker! You're the best!

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

35 days

12-month average response time

Managed by editors

Submission calls




Psst hey, you. Yeah, you. You look like you like books. Or pop culture. Maybe you’re even interested in making the world a better place. Well, friend, we’re glad to see you. Welcome to The Lit Nerds. We’re a group of people who love literature, pop culture, and oddly specific and uplifting interne...

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    Kristen Csuti