LUNA LUNA IS OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE PAGE BEFORE SUBMITTING.
We accept submissions + pitches (we love pitches but complete pieces are amazing) from everyone – especially women, writers of color, and any other marginalized individual. We accept submissions of all sorts — essays, hybrid work, poetry, features, round-ups, reviews, interviews, video, diaries, lists, etc. Length isn't a concern, but most of our pieces are under 2000 words. We do try to respond to everyone when we can, but we have a very small team (two) of readers. We're sorry.
*Poetry: We're looking for tight, experimental, body-shattering poetry — we want the uncomfortable, the dark, the exceptionally well-crafted.
*Essays: We want to hear your thoughts — but we need fresh, unexpected angles. Don't be afraid. Have a global entry point, though. While this is about you, service pieces really work for us.
*Interviews: We're looking for interviews with really interesting subjects, particularly women and people of color, who are doing important work of any sort.
*Election 2016: We encourage submissions around the election. This is not a right now issue. This is something we will focus on indefinitely. We are dedicated to making the country a better place by way of education and community. We are not interested in normalizing the issues that impact people's lives. We will try to build this vertical as fairly and compassionately as possible.
*Researched work: We love researched work. We realize, though, that this tends to be lengthier and more involved — and since we don't pay currently, we understand that this may be hard for you. However, if you feel Luna Luna is the right market for you, we love to read researched features or essays on pretty much everything Luna Luna-related — history, the occult, identity, sex, literature, folklore, etc.
*Our editor Lisa Marie Basile can't resist: poetry that challenges readers in both content and form, personal essays that are literary and unexpected, work that explores an unpopular opinion, critiques of popular movements, experimental and hybrid word of any sort, work that intelligently explores the occult and goes beyond crystals and meditation, work about sex that is uncomfortable and necessary, work about women, feminism and female friendship that pushes boundaries, well-researched and necessary work about identity, diaspora, culture, ethnicity and race.
Submit to: lunalunasubmit @ gmail.com. Always include a bio. Please try to contextualize or summarize your work in a 1-2 sentence explanation. This really helps us direct the piece to the right editor. Simultaneous subs are fine; we get it. See below for specs around payment, rights, editing, etc.
WE DO NOT SUPPORT
Anything racist, sexist, xenophobic, body-shaming, ageist or homophobic.
As we are entirely volunteer-based, we do read somewhat slowly, so please give us some time. We regret that we can't respond to everyone. Don't message our editors on their private Facebooks accounts.
Writers keep copyright, but Luna Luna requests that you a) let us know if you plan on republishing your content and b) wait at least 2 weeks after we publish it to republish it and c) make sure the second publication provides a credit and link indicating that Luna Luna Magazine was the first publisher. If the site speaks directly to you first, please consider looping us into the correspondence. We believe that this is customary in the publishing industry, and only fair. We want your words to reach a far audience, but we need some love to.
We cannot pay contributors at this time. We are 100% volunteer run and do not earn revenue. We will promote you on social media, and support your projects by way of blog, tweet or Facebook post. You're more than welcome to ask us to support a project by way of Tweeting it, for example. You are also welcome to join our community.
Once you submit your work, an editor may edit the headline to increase the article's potential. Expect this. This is industry standard. Any major editorial changes will be done with the writer, however.