Submission Guidelines

SBLJ Submission guidelines

Currently not open for submissions.


To offset costs of production, we're charging a $3 submission fee for short stories and poetry. To submit your work and pay the submission fee, please visit our store here. In return for paying the submission fee, you will receive a PDF of a recent copy of the journal!

We accept short stories under 5,000 words. We will consider one short story per author per submission period. Poets may submit up to three poems per submission period. Please only submit to one genre per submission period. We do not accept memoir. Lyrics are by invitation only.


Your submission should include:
1. A short (3-4 sentence) biographical paragraph explaining who you are as an author. Include any websites/social media.
2. Let us know the total word count and the genre (if it defies genre, note that too).

We aim to respond within six weeks, although it is not always possible.

Who can send us work? Everyone. Anyone. We read all work with hopes of finding a masterpiece, and we select work solely on the basis of craft. You do not have to live in Santa Barbara to be published in the journal, but let us know if you're local.

We accept simultaneous submissions but let us know if your story is accepted elsewhere.  If we have accepted a story from you, please wait a year before you submit another. You are welcome to submit short essays, song lyrics, or interview proposals with notable authors in-between.