Mandatory Guidelines 

  • You must include a brief, third person biography in your cover letter and at the foot of your submission
  • Please state whether or not your submission is fiction or nonfiction 
  • Proofread and edit your work extensively 
  • Minimum amount of words can be 200, the maximum can be 2,000 (soft word count) 
  • Submissions must be sent in Microsoft Office .doc or .docx files, NOT PDF
  • Please adhere to MLA formatting
  • Preferred font is Times New Roman, 12 point size 
  • We are closed to poetry
  • Any submissions sent over our Gmail account will be deleted at once 
  • Please note: we retain first electronic rights and non-exclusive rights and should be credited thus 

"One by one
It's your time
Lead them both back to one
The sun has come
May your light lead them both back to one
Indivisible sum..."
--Janelle Monáe, "57821"

From now until March 1st we're viewing submissions for our Afrofuturism cover art contest. We welcome all mediums of art including (but not limited to) acrylic, mixed media, oil, photography, and more. Submissions should be sent as high resolution .JPEG files, and be completely original and unique. 

There is NO ENTRY FEE. 

FIRST PLACE WINNER will have the honor of having their cover art proudly displayed throughout our site and social media platforms, and in our digital gallery. In addition to this, the First Place Winner will receive a check for $100. 

SECOND PLACE WINNER will have the honor of having their own dedicated digital gallery on our site to display their work and a check for $50.

THIRD PLACE WINNER will receive a check for $20 and will have their artwork displayed in an honorary featured post on our site. 

We can't wait to see what you submit! 

Ends in 5 days
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”--George Orwell 1984

From February 2nd until March 2nd we'll be reading submissions for our dystopia issue. We only accept submissions that are MLA formatted, submissions that do not adhere to our formatting guidelines will automatically be rejected. Please include a brief, third-person biography of yourself either in your cover letter or at the foot of your submission. 


We're reopened submissions for our special series, THE DAILY FLASH!

Submissions must be a minimum of 200 words and must not exceed 800 words. We do not take micro-fiction (e.g., "for sale: baby shoes, never worn"). Please follow MLA formatting and proofread your work prior to submitting. 

Best of all, THE DAILY FLASH doubles as a tax deductible donation to us! Your $5 donation will help keep us afloat! 

Please consider donating to Chicago Literati today. Your donation is tax deductible and will help us pay writers, provide literacy and creative writing programs in urban areas, and much, much more. With just $5 you can help us grow. Donate today.