Before submitting your work we ask that you read our guidelines and mission first. 

Submit here If you choose to submit via email instead please specify if you are non or semi speaking. We want to make sure we are giving priority to artists within the focus of the mission.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Schedule: We are open for submissions! 

What we’re looking for:  Work that expresses your experience of being non speaking or semi speaking. Work that challenges narratives that are common in art. Work that brings the reader to a place of growth and uncomfortability. Work that was necessary for you to create. All of your work needs to be original content. In order to submit work you need to be of the non and semi speaking disabled community. 

Content: All the work you submit needs to be respectful of identities and experiences. Anything that out right insults or harms groups of people will not be selected. This journal is meant to uplift and center the voices of disabled creators, so we will not accept work that does the opposite for any other marginalized groups. Your writing or visual art can be in any genre style or format, however it has to be your original work. We welcome work that is in languages other than English, but ask that you  provide an English translation with your submission.

Payment: We are unable to offer payment for your submissions at this time. We also do not charge a submission fee. Because of this we are currently applying to grants, and are open to donations. 

Poetry submissions: You can submit up to five poems. No more than ten pages total. Your document needs to include the title of each piece.  There also cannot be more than one piece on the same page. We accept any style of poem. Especially poems that aren’t commonly seen. We don’t accept erasure and found poems of work that aren’t your own.

Short Writing submissions: Both fiction and nonfiction are allowed. We welcome a variety of genres and styles. (essays, short stories, fantasy, personal experiences etc.) Please submit up to two pieces.

Visual Art:  We allow many different types of visual artwork including: paintings, drawings, graphic design, photography, collages of your own original work, silhouettes, a short comic strip, or anything else that can be digitally sent. You can submit up to five pieces.

Waiting period: Expect about a two month wait time before hearing back. We will get back to you as soon as possible, but we also want to give the most informed response back. If you do not hear back within twelve weeks, please contact us at:

Artistic ownership: If chosen, your work will still be considered your intellectual property. Explicit Literary Journal will not own your art or writing. But if a piece of yours was published in our journal before it is published in a book or another journal, please specify that it was originally published in our journal.

Simultaneous Submissions:

If your piece(s) get published in another journal, that’s ok! Just let us know so we can remove that piece from consideration.

Please send in one submission document per volume. You are welcome to submit to multiple Volumes in a row however.

If you have any questions contact and you will get an answer as soon as possible.

We want to  witness your work! Your work is valuable and deserves a place!

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