Submission Guidelines

Greetings! Thank you for considering School Lunch as a home for your work! We value vulnerability and aim to amplify marginalized voices. We appreciate work that has clear intention and that offers a unique perspective on the current theme.

Issue 02 submissions have closed.

The theme for Issue 03 is UFO STORY: Deadline is March 15th, 2020, 11:59 pm.

Have you ever seen something that could only be explained as a UFO?

What was your favorite book, movie, song, album etc. involving UFO’s and how did it change your perspective on the universe/humanity?

What do the words alien, contact, outer-space, unidentified, conjure for you?

Essays, memoir, reviews, short stories, poetry, flash, original and inventive fan fiction and visual art are all welcome! To get a good idea of what we accept/enjoy/want to publish, purchase a copy of Issue 01 or 02!

Please read the entire page for more guidelines or we won’t bother reading your submission.

We are not accepting re-prints at this time.

All written submissions should be sent in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1.5″ spacing and sent as a .docx file.

Please include in your email whether your submission is simultaneous or not.

If submitting visual art – please note that we will be printing on 8.5×11 folded in half, in black and white.

Please include the title, name (as you would like it published), mailing address, and social media handle or website (pick one) in the file if written and in the email, if submitting visual.

We do not publish anything xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, racist, transphobic… or anything that relies on stereotypes of people to get its point across.

Poetry: no more than 3 poems max/ 3 pages

Non-fiction: any form under 2,000 words

Fiction: any form under 2,000 words

Visual Art: be free! no more than 4 pages. Just ask yourself if it will translate well to black and white. And make sure the resolution is at least 300 dpi/ppi.

Please send your submission to with “issue 03 submission” in the subject line. No need for a formal cover letter or bio in the submission email- but if there are a couple things about yourself you’d like us to know about you and/or your work, feel free to share! 🙂

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