|tap| lit mag aims to publish poetry and prose by marginalized voices on the themes of trauma, grief, mental health, and social justice. What we want to read:  personal narratives. Work that is vulnerable, evocative, risk-taking with emotion.  We are especially interested in reading experimental or hybrid-genre work. What we don't want to read:  works that co-opt or appropriate a marginalized experience. 

We are currently open for submissions! Submissions for Issue V will close on May 5. Please read the guidelines below carefully before submitting. 

|tap| is a paying market. Upon publication, contributors will receive $25 via electronic banking means.

Please read |tap| before submitting. Previous issues are archived

General Guidelines

1. Submissions can be sent via Submittable

We understand that Submittable is not an accessible platform for all writers. If this is the case for you, send your submission as an attachment to 

2. We only accept previously unpublished works.

3. Please only send us one submission per submission period.

4. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Withdraw work that is accepted elsewhere. If part of a submission needs to be withdrawn, notify us by adding a note on Submittable.

5. Please only submit work that relates to our publishing mission.


1. We publish short prose. We are especially interested in lyric essays and flash fiction.

2. Send up to 2,000 words total.

3. Multiple pieces are permitted, so long as they do not exceed 2,000 words. 

4. Submit all works in a single .doc or .docx file. Do not submit multiple files. 


1. Send up to 5 poems.

2. We prefer individual poems to be 3 pages or less. Long work is acceptable, but make sure it's your best. 

3. If you are submitting a prose poem that could work as flash fiction or a lyric essay, we strongly urge you to submit this work in a prose category. 

4. Submit all works in a single .doc or .docx file. Do not submit multiple files.