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Submit to Jelly Bucket

Jelly Bucket accepts work during our open reading period--July 1st through December 1st. Founded in 2009, Jelly Bucket features established and new writers. We accept works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from anywhere in the world. Each issue also contains visual art that incorporates text and/or features an aspect of the book arts, as well as translation features from a variety of languages.

To submit, please visit our electronic submisions portal (via Submittable):


Only one submission per genre per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are considered, but if your work is accepted elsewhere please withdraw submission via Submittable. If you need to withdraw a portion of a submission, leave a comment on your submission via Submittable. Previously published work will not be accepted. We define previously published work as a piece published in another journal (paper or electronic), in a book or chapbook (traditionally or self-published), or one that is currently online in a public blog or within a public forum.


Please send us one to five poems. All poems should be in a single document. Each poem should begin on a new page. Format poems on the page as you would have them printed.

Creative Nonfiction

We welcome nonfiction pieces of up to 7,500 words. For short nonfiction (1,000 words or less), up to three pieces may be included in one submission (one document).  Please double-space all entries.


We welcome fiction pieces of up to 7,500 words. For short fiction (1,000 words or less), up to three pieces may be included in one submission (one document).  Please double-space all entries.


Each issue features a text-as-art or book arts project. Project images can involve any media, but must incorporate text or font design, calligraphy, tattoos, book design, crossword puzzles, or other aspects of text-as-art/book arts. You may query first, send us a CD, direct us to a web site to review your work, or submit low-res samples of your project through Submittable. Please send any emails to

University Disclaimer

Jelly Bucket Literary Journal cannot accept submissions from students currently enrolled in Eastern Kentucky University.  In addition, a period of four years must have passed between studies at EKU and any submission to the journal.  There is a publication for student work, Aurora Online, whose reading period takes place each Fall.

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