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LETTERS is taking a rest in 2016 – 2017…………
gathering strength for the 2017 – 2018 year!

Spring 2016 issue is live!

Cover art by Claire Beynon
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LETTERS  promotes writers and visual artists whose
 work concerns matters of
religion and spirituality. The journal publishes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and
visual arts by people of all faiths and those whose faith is lost or yet to be
discovered. With word and image, we gesture toward mystery;
we break the feedback loop of self. LETTERS  is produced by students
from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

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Submissions for the Fall 2017 Issue of LETTERS will close Nov. 1, 2017.

The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual arts that fit within the mission of the journal. We consider previously unpublished material only.

Please submit material using Submittable.  Works submitted in any other way will not be considered.  We do not  accept work via email (except Visual Art) or postal mail.

We consider manuscripts and portfolios during the posted submission periods only. Any submissions sent outside the posted submission periods will not be considered.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but we request that you withdraw the submission in Submittable if your piece is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw particular work(s) within a larger manuscript submission, email the appropriate section editors with the title(s) you would like to remove from consideration.

All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced. All prose manuscripts and poetry manuscripts should use a 12-point legible font (such as Times New Roman). Please include your name and email address in the header of each manuscript page, and please include page numbers in the footer of each manuscript page. All submissions should be in a single manuscript file in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format.

Please include a short cover letter that includes your name, email address, and concise bio in the appropriate Submittable text box.

We try to respond to submissions within 1 month, but due to our production schedule, a response may take up to 3 months. If you have not heard back regarding your submission after 3 months, please email the appropriate section editors.

We acquire First North American serial rights. We do not offer payment at this time for accepted work.


Please submit no more than 5 poems during a submission period (with a maximum of 10 pages total per submission). Save all poems in one document before submitting.


Please submit a single manuscript (which may include any number of stories) of up to 7000 words. We consider novel excerpts only if the piece works as a stand-alone story.


Please submit no more than two nonfiction pieces in a single manuscript submission (with a maximum manuscript word count of 4000 words). We are open to a variety of forms of nonfiction including memoir, travel writing, and the personal essay. We do not publish scholarly articles or journalistic pieces, though we may consider experiential journalism with unique approaches.


We feature visual art in portfolio form and as discrete images, at times in tandem with prose and poetry submissions at the discretion of the editors. In such cases, we will contact the artist in advance to discuss our intentions. All visual media are welcomed, but please email the visual art editor before sending us a sample of your work. Please make the subject of your email “LETTERS 2017 Submission: Visual Art.”

In general, we will ask for you to submit a portfolio of no more than ten images with details of medium, size, and title. We will ask for you to include an art resume with exhibition record and any written information that you feel explains your work. (Keep in mind that in all written matter, the editor has a bias toward clarity and against obscurantism.) Again, please email the visual art editor before sending us a sample of your work.

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LETTERS CoverIssue 4 [Spring 2016]


LettersSP15ThmbIssue 3 [Spring 2015]


Issue 2 [Spring 2014]


Issue 1 [Spring 2013]

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2017 – 2018

Kathleen E. Kilcup

Managing Editor
Kaylene Graham

Visual Art Editor
Emily Wing

Poetry Editors
Sally Hansen & Sophie Lefens

Fiction Editors
Laura Traverse & Frederick Doyle

Nonfiction Editor
Nazeer Bacchus