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Two Lines

Literary Magazine






We publish original translations into English and essays on language, literature, and translation.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within 6 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


IMPORTANT: Translators are expected to have identified the original copyright holder and obtained confirmation that the translation rights are available before submitting. The translator cannot also be the author of the piece (unless it is a co-translation).


See "Translation". Submit 8-15 pages of translated poems. We publish poetry entirely en face, so submissions must include a copy of the original text.

Fiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

See "Translation". The average prose submission we publish is about 2,500 words, but we occasionally publish longer pieces. Novel excerpts are acceptable if thoughtfully excerpted to stand as independent pieces. Fiction submissions must include a copy of the first 400 words of the original text, since we publish the beginning of the work in the original language along with the full translation.


Essays on translation and translation theory. Essays on international literary movements, the writing of overlooked or underrepresented languages, and personal essays on the translation process. Please note, that we are not an academic publisher: essays should be written with a wider audience in mind.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    In your cover letter, please include: a brief biography of the writer, not to exceed 40 words; your bio; and one or two paragraphs about the work.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    For languages that use the Roman alphabet, please use a .doc or .docx file. For non-Roman alphabets, or if the original language uses a large number of diacritical marks—and especially for right-to-left languages—please include both a .doc or .docx file AND a .pdf proof.

  • Author's rights

    We acquire first serial rights, and the rights revert to the translator upon publication, although we ask that you cite Two Lines in any future publication. We also ask that you not publish work that appears on our website elsewhere on the web.

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We publish original translations into English and essays on language, literature, and translation in the Two Lines journal. While our only guiding principle is excellence, we are especially excited to receive work from less commonly translated languages or regions.





    Editor CJ Evans avatar

    CJ Evans


    Editor Sarah Coolidge avatar

    Sarah Coolidge