LandLocked

A biannual literary magazine that features original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art.

LandLocked

A biannual literary magazine that features poetry, fiction, non fiction, and art. 

Image credit: Kristin Emanuel

COME BACK LATER FOR OUR FALL SUBMISSION CYCYLE

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

Landlocked is currently closed for new submissions. We’re in the process of reading submissions for issue 5.2. We’ll be open for new work in the fall!

About LandLocked

LandLocked Magazine — an online literary magazine run by English graduate students at the University of Kansas — considers what it means to explore an unnavigable place and represents our Kansas boundary lines along with those lines we cross in writing. LandLocked seeks writing that is innovative, that pushes beyond the dense thicket of the unexplorable. We accept all genres―speculative, realistic, and those hybrid bodies of works yet to be named. We want new voices, experienced voices, and everything in between.

Send us your weird, your reality, your resistance.

What We Like To See

Below are the categories for the kinds of work we publish at LandLocked. We also strongly support and encourage experimental and hybrid work, but that sometimes includes work that cannot be neatly categorized into one genre. So, if you have a work you feel falls into multiple categories or aren’t sure where exactly your work would fall within these distinctions, we do also accept hybrid and experimental submissions. 

NON FICTION

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We love being challenged and surprised, both in content and in form. We are looking for pieces that push us to see through a particular lens and experience otherwise underrepresented perspectives. We are especially drawn to pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. Please submit either one piece under 5,000 words or up to 3 pieces under 1,000 words each. Please only submit once per submission period. 

FICTION

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We want fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, evocative language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastical and speculative literature. Most importantly, though, we want immersive storytelling that lingers with the reader long after the last page. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​5,000 words or fewer. Please submit only one story per submission period.

POETRY

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We are interested in work that pushes the boundaries of tradition, both in content and form. We seek strong imagery and language that moves us and can reveal power even in quietness. We are open to your experimentations and are especially interested in work that is speculative, surreal, fragmented, and lyrical. We welcome and strongly encourage underrepresented voices. Please send 3–5 poems of no more than 20 pages in total. Please submit only one once per reading period. 

FICTION

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We want fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, evocative language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastical and speculative literature. Most importantly, though, we want immersive storytelling that lingers with the reader long after the last page. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​5,000 words or fewer. Please submit only one story per submission period.

POETRY

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We are interested in work that pushes the boundaries of tradition, both in content and form. We seek strong imagery and language that moves us and can reveal power even in quietness. We are open to your experimentations and are especially interested in work that is speculative, surreal, fragmented, and lyrical. We welcome and strongly encourage underrepresented voices. Please send 3–5 poems of no more than 20 pages in total. Please submit only one once per reading period. 

NON FICTION

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We love being challenged and surprised, both in content and in form. We are looking for pieces that push us to see through a particular lens and experience otherwise underrepresented perspectives. We are especially drawn to pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. Please submit either one piece under 5,000 words or up to 3 pieces under 1,000 words each. Please only submit once per submission period. 

FICTION

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We want fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, evocative language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastical and speculative literature. Most importantly, though, we want immersive storytelling that lingers with the reader long after the last page. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​5,000 words or fewer. Please submit only one story per submission period.

ART

CURRENTLY CLOSED

We want images that compel us to action, art that makes the page feel alive. We’re interested in all different mediums and encourage experimental pieces. Submitted art may have previously been recognized for an award, but should not be previously published, which includes work shared on public social media accounts, websites, and anywhere else online. Please only send one packet of 1-6 pieces at a time and wait for our response before submitting again. Please include all pieces in the same submission; please do not send multiple submissions at once.

LANDLOCKED PUBLICATIONS

LandLocked Issue 5.1

Landlocked issue 5.1 is finally here! Take a look at the amazing work we received from our contributors.

Past Issues

Issue 4.0

Issue 3.1

Issue 1.0

Have Work That You Think is a Fit For LandLocked?

We’re interested in fiction, non fiction, art, poetry, and even hybrid or experimental work. Send us your weird, your reality, your resistance.