Tethered by Letters' Literary Journal Submissions
Welcome to The Noteworthy! Steeped in TBL prestige, this section is dedicated to publishing a vast collection of writing, including short stories, screen plays, first chapters, and more. We accept writers of all ages, stories of all lengths, and genres of any kind. TBL offers a unique service to its members: each submitted work will be assigned to one of TBL’s on-staff editors for free and professional revisions and will be considered for our monthly publication and our yearly anthology! If chosen, your work will be published for one month in the Noteworthy and our members will have the opportunity to read and post their opinions. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed; please visit our guidelines page for details. Keep in mind that TBL only publishes the best possible work to share with its members, so have your piece polished and ready for revisions. Good luck and thank you for your contribution! Remember, however, that you must be at the rank of Author to submit for possible publication, and we do not accept any submissions that are not correctly formatted (see specifications) nor do we consider late submissions (see deadlines).
The dark is illuminated only for an instant, a sudden flash of light, an explosive glimpse that streaks across the night sky. We have to imagine where that light originated, where it will go once it has left our sight, but in those brief moments, we glimpse something amazing. The Bolide, Tethered by Letters’ newest publication, is dedicated to these same flashes into the world of fiction. With stories of length varying between 55, 250, 500, and 750 words or less, we welcome writers to create their own literary shooting stars. Submissions are now open for the January edition of The Bolide. The deadline for this debut edition is the 15th of December. There is absolutely no reading fee or limit to the number of submissions. Remember, however, that you must be at the rank of Author to submit for possible publication, and we do not accept any submissions that are not correctly formatted (see specifications).
A soft gliding of book boards over wooden shelves, the crackling of a just-opened spine, and the crisp flutter of pages freshly inked and tightly bound. Book after book, shelf after shelf, the hunt continues on. We quest eternally for spellbinding works that will entrance us, transport us, remind us with each turning page of the power and beauty of the written word.
At Tethered by Letters, we live for this hunt and are honored to share our discoveries with our ever-growing numbers. Each month, the Tethered Tidings section of our literary journal showcases a new writer who has successfully crafted the unique stories we seek. They've answered our call and our questions and are ready to answer yours in our online forum. But tarry not! On the 1st of each month, a new author will be featured, allowing us to continue to grow from the light of new talent.
If you are a publicist or writer with a literary work you hope to be featured in Tethered Tidings, please send physical book copies to our staff for consideration and feel free to contact the Coterie with any questions you might have about our publications or selection process.
The Apaloosa County Fair in ’87 was one of the wildest, strangest nights this town ever saw… depending on who you ask about it. The mayor won’t remember much because he was doped up, but his wife will tell you why she finally left. The drifter on the other hand will tell you why he stayed. Jimmy will talk about his first kiss under the Ferris wheel, while Deputy Kulper will tell you about the first time he saw a dead body. There’s a lot of stories about that night, but if you put them together, you get something more…
The Collective Perspective is an upcoming TBL publication where our community of writers can help piece together a story from any view imaginable. The setting and main events of a story are chosen in advance and members are then asked to fill this world with rich and vibrant characters, telling stories from unique perspectives.
Every month in our web journal, Tethered by Letters publishes a work of exceptional literary talent. Ranging from traditional short stories and poems to comics and flash fictions, we publish any kind of "story" that quickens our collective heartbeats and makes our jaws fall open. Whether you write nonfiction, fiction, or a strange amalgamation of the two, we are eager to publish any great literary works.
Our monthly literary feature has a rolling deadline, so we accept submissions every day of the year!
An awkward young man approaches a beautiful woman. Is he going to confess his love through a poem? Does he have an important warning from the future? Or has he chosen his next victim? What happens next is up to you!
Dually Noted is TBL’s ever-exciting group writing project. New and established members of our diverse writing community come together to form one ongoing story through weekly installments. Matching the style and voice of the initial story, while moving the plot forward, is a great writing exercise, but more importantly, it’s a fun way for our writers to collaborate.If you would like to add the next section, shoot us your 500 words. Our editor will choose the best entry, copy-edit it, and publish it at the beginning of each week (see Deadlines for details). Remember, however, that you must be at the rank of Author to submit for possible publication, and we do not accept any submissions that are not correctly formatted (see specifications).
How does Submitting to TBL Work?
Submitting your work to TBL is easy! Click to submit below and then simply select which publication you wish to be considered for! You will receive a notification from a Senior Editor confirming that your work as been received within twenty-four hours. There is absolutely no fee for submitting and every submission will receive free professional edits, even if it is not chosen for publication.
Note: Make sure to register before submitting!
How will I know if I’ve been selected for Publication?
If you are chosen for any of our monhtly or quarterly publications, you will be notified within a month of submitting.
If you are not chosen for publication, you will receive your edits within the month with professional edits. Feel free to re-submit your work in the following months to be considered for later publication.
*For the weekly publication, Dually Noted, authors will not receive edits due to time constraints and will be notified by Sunday if they are chosen for the next installment.
Does TBL pay its Authors?
All works published in our literary journal (excluding our group writing projects) are eligible for TBL’s annual literary award. With 1,500 in prizes, we seek to reward outstanding talent and dedication to the craft of writing. The first place winner of the Lord of the Letters Award will receive $1,000 USDA and publication in our 2013 anthology. Second place will also receive publication and $500 USDA.
The Lord of the Letters Award is given out in January of the following year, and all individual published works in our January through December literary journals will automatically be considered.
TBL also hosts four literary competitions for short stories and flash fictions with cash prizes. To learn more, please vist out contest page.