Volume VII

Open for Submissions: April 20th – June 1st

This year support Four Ties Lit Review with Voluntary Tip Jar fees and paid Critical Feedback.

Submission guidelines:

Poetry submissions: 5 poem limit no line length restrictions

Fiction and Non-Fiction:  1 story of 5000 words on less

Art: limit 6 Jpeg images

Graphic Storytelling (Comics):  One storyline of no more than 20 Jpeg Images.

Book Reviews: New Publications only within the last 6-12 months, 1000 word limit (Newer reviews will be given priority)

Your review should provide Overview/Contextualization, Review positive and Negative aspects of the publication and make some sort of Value Judgment. Use 4Ties book reviews as your guide.


  • Please include a short (100 words or less) biography with your submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your submission is published elsewhere.
  • Please submit via Submittable,


Additional Information:

Four Ties Lit Review does not have sponsors or advertisers (yet), we will be unable to pay contributors.

When Four Ties Lit Review chooses a piece for publication we secure temporary Electronic Rights. Understand that these are considered worldwide rights as the internet is international. All rights revert back to the writer after publication.

However, we hope you will join with FTLR in its mission to improve the reputation of Electronic Publication. We ask each author, poet, and artist to commit to disclosing the publication history of each of their works regardless of venue when it is submitted and or published. If you cannot commit to this ideal we ask that you remove your work from consideration for publication at FTLR. It is only through full disclosure that some of the suspicion and worry regarding Epublishing can be assuaged. Only through working to improve our image can E-Publishing gain the respect for itself and the authors who choose to publish there.

48 Responses to Submit!

  1. What do you pay? How long is your response time?

    • Excellent points! Thank you. I will update the page.

      Matthew Larrimore
      Four Ties Lit Review

    • Sorry T were not paying at this time, we don’t have submission fees (or sponsors). As far as response time, we’re using Submittable this year so it should be quicker then last year. which was within a couple of weeks after the submission period closed. Thanks for the questions.

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  3. jimmy says:

    So how much do you pay

  4. Patrick Frank says:

    I have many poetry and prose on work, and will send some of them April 1. Patrick

  5. I like the way you phrased the question of integrity in E-publishing, without lecturing. The Author’s Guild has been working hard to protect authors from the shenanigans of giants like Amazon, etc., when it comes to electronic publishing and royalties. I plan on submitting a creative nonfiction piece or two for consideration from my current book
    in progress. And it has to do with work!!

    • Thanks Brenda. I’m excited to read your piece(s). I’ve though about this long and hard, I’ve gotten a lot of conflicting advice, and I’ve dealt with authors who agree and disagree. I’m comfortable and proud of the statement the way it exists now. Our agreement to publish has some of the same wording.


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  7. James Ferry says:

    Dear Matt,
    My name is James Ferry, and I submitted my work-themed piece, “Bottom Feeder,” just after midnight. Sending an attachment is typically frowned upon, so I sent the entire piece (4000 words) in the body of the email. The bio follows at the end. Also, there was no mention of a cover letter, so I didn’t include one. I hope all of this is okay.

  8. What’s the preferred format for a non-fiction piece? Is PDF ok? Sending soon!

    • Brenda, I’ll take PDF and not complain about it (send it to me in .pages and I’ll have a problem) but if you get in to the magazine I’m going to ask for it in DOC DOCX RTF or even ODT. Thanks for asking and I’m looking forward to reading your submission

      Matthew W Larrimore

  9. Kent Swarts says:

    Why do you limit fiction to 5000 words? Why should the story not be told in the length needed to actually tell the yarn? After all electronic media is meerly storage sensitive. Limiting words limits the imagination.

  10. I have often asked the same question, and many times, because my pieces are usually over 5,000 words, I have not been able to submit, even if the piece is right for the journal in question. It does indeed vex me. But while I find that it is an arbitrary “rule” most times, it has helped me in this way: If I really think I have a good story to send an editor, and I’m over the word limit–obviously not by 3 or 4,000 words!–then I read carefully to see if I can trim some of the lard off my piece. I tend to overwrite, so this practice is wonderful for tightening a story to (my idea of) perfection. BUT…I would never cut out parts simply to please an editor or a journal’s requirements; I have done that and lived to regret it, and there’s no guarantee it will be accepted even so.

    • Thank you Brenda and Kent for your comments.

      Originally, the limit came from the experiences I have had as an editor of print journals / magazines. When you have 96 pages it’s difficult to justify giving 20% of your space to one piece / author. We do have plans to eventually go to that type of format in the future so there’s a bit of that consideration coming to bear with this policy. I’ve discussed this word count repeatedly with fellow editors and writers. While it’s not ideal it is a compromise that allows a writer to develop a good chapter size piece of writing. Hemmingway’s “The Hill’s like White Elephants” is 5 pages long (approx. 1200 words) and Chekov’s “The Murder” is 18 pages, either would fit nicely under the 5000 word limit. There is plenty of space / words to develop an excellent story. An additional consideration is readability. There is a reason most online articles are shorter pieces. Reading long stretches of text online can become difficult. FTLR is not formatted for e-readers or other mobile devices, and while our PDF issues address some of that problem it’s still not an ideal solution. My final consideration is the ability to attract an audience. The average reader can comprehend what she is reading at a rate between 250-300 words per minute. Meaning a 5000 word story takes about 20 minutes to read. In our society today this is at the outside edge of most attention spans. Meaning many people won’t commit to reading something longer, especially for casual online reading. No, I’d rather not have to take this last item into consideration but it’s a reality that needs to be acknowledged.
      As Four Ties expands and searches for and grows its audience perhaps this policy will change. Perhaps we need to change the policy in order to grow more rapidly. I will give you that my favorite short story Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin is would not have made the 5000 word limit but it was not originally published in a magazine either. The Yellow Wallpaper another personal favorite is 6000 words. The 5000 words limit does seem a bit random but it is only a guideline if you think you have a remarkable piece that will get us to bend our guideline then I encourage you to submit it. Thank you again for your question / comment.
      Matthew W Larrimore
      Four Ties Lit Review

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  12. ntaylortoo says:

    Is this journal for Arizona universities alumni?

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  19. mswriteharder says:

    hi. can we submit previously published work as well? thanks. nidhi.

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  21. I do plan to submit five poems in a few minutes…Patrick

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  24. Mary says:

    Does your publication accept flash fiction?

  25. Alonna Kilpatrick says:

    How would I get in touch with the editor about a possible internship?

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  30. Jamie says:

    I’m confused by your request for publication history on submitted work. Are you looking for previously published work? And, if not, what publication history would there be to disclose on previously unpublished work?

    • Hi Jamie. Thanks for the question. Yes, we will consider previously published pieces and we have used them in past issues. We think it’s incredibly important to include the publication history of such pieces. They must meet the standards for the issue in which they are published and we do limit the number of reprinted pieces we include. Of course, there would be no publication history if it’s never been published before.
      This is a policy that sets 4Ties apart. Most publishers will only consider previously unpublished work but doing so may encourage some unscrupulous authors to be dishonest. By giving those authors no reason to be dishonest we make our policy of publication transparency more meaningful.

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  35. ericmatrix1 says:

    Hi there. I am an emerging poet and new to the submission process. I am preparing a submission to FTLR and was just wondering if the short biography could be on the cover page or if it had to be in the actual document itself. Thanks!

    • It;s a great question and many publication are very picky about where your bio appears, if they want it at all. 4Ties not so much…. Cover page is fine. generally we don’t look at them / can’t see them unless we go looking and not until after our readers/editors have read the submissions.

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