Want to Submit?


UPCOMING ISSUE: July 21st, 2018


Inside The Bell Jar?accepts poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only real requirement we have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way. This can be in a character, the general theme, something about the setting – you decide.


As of May 2018, we will be publishing an issue of ITBJ?quarterly.


Here on the website.


It’s our passion to share with readers an intimate insight into the minds of those suffering from a mental illness. We are therefore looking for writers of fiction and poetry that speak openly and honestly about their own experiences, or those of their characters. We are especially keen to hear the?voices of young adult teens, people of colour, those from the LGBTQA+ community or any other groups which often find themselves under-represented in the world of fiction.


  • All poetry must be no more than 40 lines. All short stories must be between 1,500-5,000 words. Flash pieces must be between 200 and 1,500 words.
  • You are allowed to submit as many times as you like, but please do so separately – one email per piece.
  • Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration. Small typos and minor grammatical errors are fine, but as the journal is run by a small team there is simply not enough time to make substantial changes to sub-par work. Tip: reading something aloud a few times is very useful for spotting errors or clumsy sentence structures.
  • All work must be your own.
  • Work should not be published anywhere else, though simultaneous submissions (work that is currently submitted to another market) are allowed. We ask you that you inform us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.


At the present moment, we are unable to pay our writers.


We aim to reply to all submissions within six weeks, although we will sometimes go slightly over during busy periods or holiday seasons. Feel free to inquire about your submission after this period if you have not heard back from us, as it may have been lost in the mail.


Simply email your submission to poetry@ casino truc tuyen mien phi www.traceyamos.com if?you are sending in poetry, and?fiction@ casino truc tuyen mien phi www.traceyamos.com if you are sending in flash or a short story.

In the email, you should include:
– Your name
– The title of your submission
– The submission?both attached as a .doc and pasted at the bottom of your email
– A short bio (max 50 words) in the body of your email

Inside The Bell Jar

Inside The Bell Jar

Inside The Bell Jar is a literary journal dedicated to providing a raw and honest insight into the complexity of mental illness. We hope that you enjoy reading our stories and poems, and that you might consider submitting.
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  1. Hello, I am very interesting in submitting, I am a visual artist who deals with mental illness as I suffer from 10 co-morbid mental disorders, I was wondering if you accept visual art with the poetry? And do you accept things which have been published before on a person’s own blog? Thank you for your time.

    1. Hey Charlotte,

      Absolutely. We’re just starting to accept visual art, but unfortunately are unable to pay at this time. We are only able to offer payment in two areas: poetry and short stories.

      Work previously published on a blog isn’t an issue.

      Kind regards!

  2. If I email before 1 Oct ..will it be considered as submitted ? Because you said it would take 45 days to respond..

  3. If I posted something I want to submit on my small blog, does that count as being published elsewhere?

  4. Hi there, I’m keen to submit but wanted to check the closing date for the next issue – bit confused that it looks to be closing after the publication date – can you confirm this please? Thank you!

    1. Whoops! Sorry Rebecca, this was a typo on our part. It’s now been corrected. We look forward to reading your submission.

      Kind regards,

  5. Are cuss words allowed? I don’t mean like an F-bomb every other word and offensive slurs, but maybe one or two F-bombs and minor cuss words like d*mn and h*ll?

  6. Currently working on some poetry pieces to submit dealing with battles of anxiety and depression.

  7. I write a lot of poetry on the subject of depression, but I write metaphorically. I do not explain my poetry, preferring them to be interpretive. I’m of the belief that poetry doesn’t need to be understood, to be felt and connecting with the reader on an emotional level is my goal. Is this acceptable for submission or do I need to explain what each piece is about?

  8. Is there a deadline? I am currently working on a piece of fiction, would love to submit.

    1. Hi Rooh,

      Thanks so much for enquiring. Submissions close August 10th. Wishing you all the very best in your writing.