Zest Literary Journal: Open to Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone | November 29, 2014

Zest is an electronic literary journal based out of the UK. They publish poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. They have been around since 2013. They release four issues every year. They are closing to submissions after November 30th. The theme of the issue is “Wake me up”. You must submit something that interacts with this theme in some way. Work unrelated to the theme will not be accepted.

Zest is a smaller publication. They are more open to publishing unpublished writers and they have a higher acceptance rate than most publications.

All work is submitted via email. The cover letter and your bio can be in the body of the email but your creative work must be attached as a word document.

You must submit work that is previously unpublished. They are very explicit about this and they make it clear that you should not have even published it on your Facebook page or blog previously.

Fiction and creative non-fiction can be up to 3,000 words in length. Poetry has to be 3 short poems, or one poem up to 40 lines in length. They consider flash fiction up to 1,00 words, and micro fiction up to 250 words in length. They also consider art and photography for each issue.

They include audio recording links with some of the stories. The journal is easy and free to review before submitting, you just have to download a PDF which is easy to find in the Issues section of the webesite.

To learn more or to submit, visit their website here: http://zestlit.com/submissions/