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Neon Mariposa Magazine is looking for unpublished poetry and short stories by POC, LGBTQ, and people belonging to other marginalized communities. We want work with rich images, characters that intrigue us, and lines that stay in our minds for days. We DO NOT want work that glorifies rape, murder, or violence.

We are open for submissions year round.


Please send your work to, and include whether it is a short story or poetry submission in the subject line.


  • Send 1-3 poems OR 1 short story (no more than 750 words) as a doc or docx attachment. Title your document with the category, your name and if it is for Issue 4 or our special Haunting Issue.

  • Example:  "Poetry: Jane Smith, General

  • If you are submitting an "after" poem, attach the original poem in a separate document

  • All work should be in 12pt Times New Roman font.

  • You many submit to both poetry and short story, but please only submit to each category once a submission period.

  • We are NOT accepting previously published, OR  translated poems at this time. Previously published work includes, but is not limited to work published on your own website or blog.

  • Include a cover letter with a 1-3 sentence blurb about what we can expect from your work.

  • Include a third person author bio between 50-100 words and include a fun fact about yourself.

  • Include any social media or website info so we can tag you when we share your work, and direct others to your site.

  • Neon Mariposa retains first publishing rights, all rights revert back to the author upon publication. Please cite us if your work published elsewhere.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere.

We aim for a two week turn around, but please give us six weeks before emailing us.

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