There are presently no open calls for submissions.
TLB is a not-for-profit literary publishing organisation. Our flagship publication is a quarterly print literary / arts / culture magazine titled The Lifted Brow. We also publish original work on our website, and we've begun publishing books under our Brow Books imprint. We stage events, run writing prizes, and we do a few other things too.
Firstly: those wishing to submit material are very strongly urged to first read The Lifted Brow or our website, depending on for what you are submitting. It's the truest truth that the best way to understand what we like is to read what we publish. And please: it's very obvious to us if you aren't familiar with the TLB. Anyway, if you've created something you'd like to see published, you want the best shot, yes? Well, your best shot comes only from reading us. See, when you read the work we publish, a magical process of osmosis occurs, in that you absorb exactly what it takes to be a TLB contributor. We had it proved by scientists in a laboratory, with bunsen burners and beakers and protective goggles. Also, if you support us by buying and reading the our magazine or books, chances are we'll still be around to publish your work in the weeks and months after you submit it. You can pick up back issues of our magazine very cheaply—singly or in bundles—or subscribe to the Brow, all at our store.
Jokes aside, the Brow relies on sales for survival, especially those lovely people who subscribe. For that reason, we prioritise submissions by subscribers. Please mention in your cover letter that you are a subscriber, and if your name is on our list: booyah.
Anyone who submits work to TLB is added to our mailing list, because we assume you are probably interested in the magazine. We write letters to this mailing list once a week, and it’s easy and non-embarrassing to unsubscribe.
Nothing you submit can have been previously published in any form.
Sometimes we can take a while (a few weeks) to respond even to those we would like to discuss publishing, but we are always mostly doing our best. If you haven't heard from us within three months of submitting, please assume that we couldn't find room for your work, and know that we thank you for allowing us to read and consider it. No feedback can be given on unsuccessful submissions due to time constraints.
Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world. We particularly encourage people who identify as queer and/or trans and/or of any colour, religion, or gender, and/or have a disability, and/or are rad and excellent and canny, to apply. There is no age limit.
If we publish your work, you agree to license to us the first publication rights of the stated work for a period of three months from the date of first publication. You retain permanent copyright of the work. Full licence to use your work reverts to you at a period of three months from the initial publication date.
Thanks very much for thinking of us for your work!
(NOTE: Only certain submission categories are open at certain times, due to an overwhelming amount of submissions.)
(NOTE: We accept internship applications from the 1st-10th of the month before the internship begins. So for example, for the April-May-June internship, we open for applications from 1st-10th of March.)