Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
MASKS Literary Magazine is a Weisman Award-winning independent literary magazine committed to amplifying the voices of emerging writers and visual artists. We're eager to serve as a gateway for emerging creatives and publish new perspectives. As such, we've pledged to increase representation of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, disabled, multilingual, and other marginalized and underrepresented communities. MASKS Literary Magazine provides a meritocratic space for individual artistic development with the larger goal of fostering literary thinking in our culture through our publication.
Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter and Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Columbia College Chicago
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Editor in Chief
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Recent Awards Received
Albert P. Weisman Award REALM Award
Kate Wisel, Melissa Meier, Miya Turnbull
MASKS Literary Magazine supports emerging writers and artists. We accept unsolicited and multiple submissions in art, photography, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid genres. We’re passionate about publishing new writers, new artists, and new perspectives. We charge no submission fees and pay our contributors: $20 for poetry, $25 for art/photography, and $25-35 for prose. Poetry should be one single-spaced page, or 36 lines. You may submit up to three poems as a single Word document. Prose (fiction, flash, nonfiction, essay) should be a maximum of 3,000 words. (Shorter pieces are more likely to be accepted.) Submit one prose piece as a Word document. Art and photography submissions may include a maximum of six images as JPEGs, and if they're united by a common theme or style, all the better.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Varies 02 / 01 - 04 / 15
4 - 8 weeks
MASKS 2022 Prose Contest MASKS 2022 Poetry Contest Summer 2022 Featured Artist
Number Of Paid Staff
Quimby's Bookstore, City Lit Books
Average Print Run
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6.5 - 9.5
Average Number Of Pages
Editor in Chief
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Our editor in chief and managing editor oversee submissions, staff, and layout. We have 2-3 permanent editors in each category: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, as well as two rotating editorial assistants. We don't use outside readers.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
We suggest you keep cover letters brief, and we appreciate if you address the letter to the appropriate editor. Bios should be no more than 3 sentences; previous publication credits should be limited to 3-4.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Our submissions are free and sent directly to the appropriate editor via email.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Our aesthetic is colorful and collage-like. We love to see what we've never seen before. We want writing that evokes a strong emotional response. Our favorite artwork leans toward color and pop art, and we don't often publish digital art.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Follow submission guidelines. Cover letters should use correct formatting (salutation, body, signature, etc...) Keep correspondence professional and courteous, or publishers might be less inclined to consider your work in the future.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
"What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened." — Vivian Gornick