Welcome to Vineyard Literary, an online venue for excellent fiction, poetry, and artwork. When submitting to us, consider the initial connotations of a vineyard: the rolling fields, vines, the golden sun, grapes distilled to wine of all kinds—salted, dry, sweet, peppered—and the delicious food pairings that wine can have. Consider the pound of cool rain, the drip of sweat and powder of dry dirt beneath bare feet, and restaurants with glitzy patios, humans joining together for tastings, clinking glasses, laughter.

Then consider the darker connotations. Crushing and barreling. Pretention, snobbery, people drinking entire dollar bottles from plastic cups alone, the implications if grapes had voices and could scream. Consider what lurks in the silent fields at night, or the vintage labels only available to millionaires and politicians, and what those bottles would witness from their shelves.

Finally, consider what we haven't considered. For everything we've said above, there's infinite connotations and moments that went unsaid, unwitnessed, untasted. Give us those, too.

Most of all, Vineyard just wants to get drunk on good stories and poetry.

Though we mostly publish literary fiction, we also love magical realism, absurdist writing, and surrealist writing. Really, we're most looking for well thought out, emotionally moving narratives. The best way to know that means is to taste test our previously published writing. Unlike wine, it's free—you can read our issues on our website. 

We publish three online issues per year as well as one print anthology. Submissions are accepted only through Submittable.

Guidelines & Specifics:

General

-We're aiming for a two month response time, but like other literary venues we're run by a small, volunteer staff, and may take longer. If you're still in progress, we're still considering your work, so please don't reach out. 

-Also like other literary venues, if you'd prefer not to wait in the typical queue, we offer a week response option.

-We pay $15 per selected piece. For print, we pay $20 and a copy of the anthology. Contest payments vary. 

-We encourage you to submit the same work to different projects—occasionally, something we didn't find was the right fit for our online issue might work well in our print anthology. 

-Considering that we make every attempt to read blind, multiple submissions are also encouraged.

-If you've read all of our guidelines, and you still have a question, please reach out through Submittable or send us an email at vineyardliterary@gmail.com.

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

-One piece of prose between 50 – 5,000 words. If you're submitting flash (50-1500 words), you may send up to three pieces in one document.

-Any font and font size is fine! Just please don’t use one that is difficult to read (ex. Curlz, Chiller, etc.).

-Any spacing or margin size is fine, as well.

-Please send a .doc or .docx file type.

-Simultaneous submissions are always accepted. Please only reach out to us let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

-No previously published works.

-We prefer to read blind. However, if you accidently leave your name/contact info, don’t worry about it! We will still review your work!

Poetry

-Up to five poems in a single document. There is no line minimum or maximum.

– Same font decisions as fiction—any font except something difficult to read, like Chiller, unless that's part of the poem's artistic intent.

-Any spacing or margin size is fine, as well.

-Please send a .doc or .docx file type.

-Simultaneous submissions are always accepted. Please only reach out to us let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

-We prefer to read blind. However, if you accidently leave your name/contact info, don’t worry about it! We will still review your work!

Visual Art

-Please send us up to five pieces of visual art.

-Send us whichever size image you see fit. If we need something different we will let you know.

Finally,

Thank you for considering us. We appreciate the time you've given Vineyard thus far.

C. Smith-Hernandez

Editor-in-Chief

Vineyard Literary is looking for food, wine, and cocktail-focused essays or articles to post on our website. As the name of our review suggests, we're dedicated to reading and sharing high-quality writing based on those subjects. 

Formatting:

- 12pt, easy to read font

- Preferable formatted for website posting, so: no indents and double space between paragraphs

- subject matter should include something culinary, sommelier, or alcohol-beverage based. 

- We would love to consider reviews, or personal essays related to those subjects. 

- Payment at this time is exposure and credit on our website. We'd like to add payment when we can. 

Thank you for considering Vineyard!

We are pleased to be hosting our second general fiction and poetry contest! We are looking for well-written fiction and poetry and are especially partial to interesting and innovative characterization and rich setting-based works.

Winners in both categories will be awarded a $100 prize and publication in an issue.

Guidelines:

Please send us:

- one piece of stand-alone fiction up to 6,000 words

- up to five poems in one document

- You may submit multiple times, so long as each story or poetry grouping is a separate submission. (We read blind, so each piece is judged separately, and based solely on the work and its quality.

- Simultaneous submissions are accepted; withdraw (and congratulations!) if you're accepted by another wonderful magazine.

- DOCS, DOCX, or PDF's only.

With our quick response form, we will send you a response in 1-7 days.  

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

-Please send us one piece of prose between 50 – 5,000 words. If you are submitting flash (50-750 words), you may send up to three pieces in one document.

-Any font and font size is fine! Just please don’t use one that is difficult to read (ex. Curlz, Chiller, etc.).

-Any spacing or margin size is fine, as well.

-Please send a .doc or .docx file type.

-Simultaneous submissions are great! Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please no previously published works.

-We prefer to read blind. However, if you accidently leave your name/contact info, don’t worry about it! We will still review your work!

Poetry

-Please send us up to three poems in a single document. There is no line minimum or maximum.

– Any font and font size is fine! Just please don’t use one that is difficult to read (ex. Curlz, Chiller, etc.).

-Any spacing or margin size is fine, as well.

-Please send a .doc or .docx file type.

-Simultaneous submissions are great! Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please no previously published works.

-We prefer to read blind. However, if you accidently leave your name/contact info, don’t worry about it! We will still review your work!

Place: 

When reading a story or poem, we want to drift away to a new and exciting place. We want to be submerged in the culture, sights, sounds, and smells.  We want to be there with the characters and escape from reality. Vineyard Literary seeks stories and poems that dive deep into place and setting. Give us writing that grounds us. Take us places we've never seen before. Make the mundane seem extraordinary. 

1st Place: $150.00.

2nd Place: $50.00.

This contest will run until July 1st, and winners will be announced and included within our third issue in late July 2022. 

Thank you for considering Vineyard! We're incredibly excited to explore your ideas about this contest.


Guidelines:

Please send us:

- one piece of stand-alone fiction up to 6,000 words

- up to five poems in one document

- You may submit multiple times, so long as each story or poetry grouping is a separate submission. (We read blind, so each piece is judged separately, and based solely on the work and its quality.

- Simultaneous submissions are accepted; withdraw (and congratulations!) if you're accepted by another wonderful magazine. 

- DOCS, DOCX, or PDF's only.


Read our previous publications for free on our website, both to see what we enjoy reading already, and to discover what we haven't read but would love to publish. 

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Visual Art

-Please send us up to five pieces of visual art.

-Selected pieces will be used as the cover of one of our issues.

-Send us whichever size image you see fit. If we need something different we will let you know.

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Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Contributors are published inside our thrice-a-year online issues.

-Please send us one piece of prose between 50 – 5,000 words. If you are submitting flash (50-1500 words), you may send up to three pieces in one document.

-Any font and font size is fine! Just please don’t use one that is difficult to read (ex. Curlz, Chiller, etc.).

-Any spacing or margin size is fine as well.

-Please send a .doc or .docx file type.

-Simultaneous submissions are great! Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please no previously published works.

-We prefer to read blind. However, if you accidently leave your name/contact info, don’t worry about it! We will still review your work!


Vineyard Literary