Calling All Writers: Submit Your Creative Work To This Online Magazine

A close up on two hands drawing a geometric figure in a notebook.Magnets and Ladders publishes writing by people with disabilities, and they’ll be holding contests in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Cash prizes of $30 and $20 will be awarded to the first and second place winners in each category. Their submission guidelines are pretty clear:

  • Writers with disabilities may submit up to three selections per issue;
  • Writers must disclose their disability in their biography or in their work;
  • Poetry maximum length is 50 lines;
  • Memoir, fiction, and nonfiction maximum length is 2,500 words;
  • Single-space all submissions;
  • Use a blank line to separate paragraphs and stanzas;
  • Spell check and proofread all entries.

Previously published material and simultaneous submissions are permitted provided you own the copyright to the work, and Magnets and Ladders staff asks that you cite the previous publisher and/or notify them if work has been accepted elsewhere.

Magnets and Ladders is an online magazine with a tagline that says it all: Active Voices of Writers with Disabilities. The submission guidelines make it clear the magazine “does not feature advocacy, activist, how-to, or what’s new articles regarding disabilities” and prefers poetry, memoir, fiction and non-fiction. They also welcome innovative techniques for better writing as well as publication success stories. You can read the magazine or sign up for the email edition by visiting the Magnets and Ladders website. Submissions should be emailed to, and you might think about getting started now — the deadline for submissions for this year’s Fall/Winter issue is August 15, 2018.


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