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Whatever Keeps the Lights On 9

About

We are an online literary journal based in New York City looking to publish work that represents the lengths (or lack thereof) people will go to in order to make money and pay the bills (to keep the lights on, for instance). We are looking for inspired work that showcases this, whether it be the odd jobs that keep you up at night or the night that brings you odd jobs. If it's funky and helped you not get evicted, tells a story about someone who made a living scraping gum off park benches, or discusses the day to day life of a desk job, we want to hear from you. Check out our submissions page for more details. While you're here, don't forget you still haven't paid your bills this month. You should probably get on that.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2019

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 3,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 3,000 words; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Other (See guidelines).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Visual Art Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Art Media:
Cartoon/Comic strip.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment No monetary payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Whatever Keeps the Lights On Submission Statistics

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Dates

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2021
Last Checked: 07 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 12 Oct 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 22 Apr 2019

Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.