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Submission Guidelines

Open for Submissions!

Open for submissions year-round as of June 2021. We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis.

Future issues of TTS will be digital editions only. We will do a "Best of" print issue once a year.

We accept work by lesbian women only. We want to hear about your life, your feelings, your stories. We also would LOVE to see more lesbian fiction, flash fiction, ghost stories, poems about nature and gardens, mysteries, humour, fantasy, and more! Please send us Halloween stories! (Not required, but it would be lovely for our October issue! We are a feminist journal and we want to see work by, for, and about lesbians. Please read the guidelines below carefully.

You can submit by filling in the form HERE. Please allow up to 6 weeks for a response. Make sure that you double-check the work that you send to us. Please make sure that it is exactly how you want it. Send it through Grammarly, make sure the spelling and grammar are correct. We will not be changing anything, including updating bios.  

Submissions should be typed in easy-to-read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Ariel. 

​We accept simultaneous submissions. (Please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere).​ 

We accept previously published work. We ask that you let us know where it was published so that we can credit them with publishing your work first. 

We highly encourage women of all ages to submit, particularly women over 50!

We will not accept works that include the following themes:  religion, homophobia, violence towards women, children or animals, erotica or pornographic texts or images or gore. If you have work that may be considered triggering or offensive, please note the details of this in your cover letter.


We love all forms of poetry: free verse, long-form, haiku, well-crafted rhyming poetry, ekphrastic poetry, blackout poetry and any kind of experimental poetry.


Please send 1-3 poems in only one document.


Fiction/Flash Fiction

We accept literary fiction, comedy/humour, comics, horror, (no gore please) paranormal, speculative, fantasy, magical realism, gardens and nature, crime, mystery, detective stories, lesfic (150-2,000 words).

Submit up to 2 pieces.


Creative nonfiction, true stories about family, life, love. We would love to see more book reviews, movie reviews, and interviews with famous or interesting lesbians.

Submit up to 2 pieces of non-fiction (up to 2,000 words). 

Important update!! We are now a paying market, thanks to a generous donation by Kitty Leonard! We are grateful to be able to offer $20.00 per piece to our authors!

We nominate our writers for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net!

Pushcart Nominees for last year: 

Elizabeth Pywell

Lucia Larson

Edith Pretty

Rachael Gay

Serena Piccoli




Please note: Although we fully and wholeheartedly support, accept and love all identities of our LGBTQ+ family, at this time we are only accepting work from lesbians for the Tipping the Scales Journal. If you are a woman and a lesbian, we want to see your work! Please see our She Speaks section where we encourage ALL women to submit. If you are in a marginalized group, we would especially LOVE to see your work. 

You can submit by filling in the form HERE.

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