We are particularly interested in showcasing emerging writers and artists, but all submissions are welcome. Because of our mission to give a voice to those who are seeking a place for it, we do not accept previously published work.

We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, and photography. For fiction and nonfiction, we ask for 500 to 1500 words. For poetry and photography, please send 1 to 3 poems, entire submission not to exceed 5 pages. For screenwriting, we ask for 5 to 10 pages of a completed short. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in automatic rejection. In the end, we will accept the 15 best pieces or artists.

You may submit more than once and in more than one genre. If you do submit more than once for the same genre, only the first submission will be considered for the upcoming issue. Any additional submissions for the same genre will roll over into the next issue’s deadline.

If you wish to submit in a language other than English, please submit an English translation along with it. Also, indicate if your piece is a simultaneous submission and inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

Please include a 50-word bio with your submission and indicate if acceptance would result in your first publication.

The Green Light publishes multiple times a year.  We accept submissions on a rolling basis, but we will provide deadlines for each issue. Sprinkled amongst our regular issues will be a few fantastic special issues.

To submit, send your work as an attachment to Please indicate the type of submission (i.e. fiction) in the subject line of your e-mail and add your bio in the body of the e-mail. If you are submitting a piece for consideration in one of our upcoming special issues, we request that you also indicate that in the subject line of your email.

If you wish to send multiple pieces, please send each in its own document. Our preferred format for written submissions is .docx and .doc.

Want to know more about pieces we’ve accepted in the past? Check out our Archives page!