The Book Smuggler’s Den publishes book reviews, author interviews, flash fiction, short stories, personal essays, and poetry. 

General Guidelines


The Book Smuggler’s Den accepts only online submissions via Submittable. Please submit your work along with a cover letter—no longer than one page—including: a brief bio; your contact info (if you wish others to connect with you); link to your blog, website, book, or social media account(s): and a brief statement about why your submitted work is a good fit for the Book Smuggler's Den.

We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you alert us as soon as possible if your work is placed elsewhere by either adding a note to your submission through Submittable or withdrawing the full submission.


We ask that you do not send more work until hearing back from us.
Due to the volume of submissions, we can’t respond individually to submission status queries.

Genre-Specific Guidelines


Book Reviews: The Book Smuggler’s Den wants to hear what you’re reading, either from the NYT bestseller list or from a first time published author. Please keep book review 1,000 words or less. We will not accept reviews from graphic novels, religion, politics, or sexuality. Please keep your post about the book and not about your blog or business. Save that information for the bio at the end of the post. All work must be original, personal, and honest work. Original means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog or sites like Goodreads.
Please include a quote from the book that resonated with you, as well as a bio, sixty words or fewer, at the bottom of the post. You can include one link to your website or blog.


Nonfiction: The nonfiction we are interested in something that makes us cry or laugh or say WOW. We want memories, arguments, meditations, and revelations. Send us interviews, letters, personal essays, or book reviews. Please do not send us newspaper articles, blog articles or anything political. The Book Smuggler’s Den is a literary journal whose pieces speak to the masses.


Author Interviews: Submit a Q&A of the most important facts about you as an author. If you need question suggestions, you can find some here. OR if you would like to be interviewed by the Book Smuggler via Skype, please send a request to booksmugglersden@gmail.com

A literary journal wouldn’t be a journal without an excellent cover! To submit art for the monthly cover, please send us drawings or photography. Please email low-res jpegs of your work or links to specific pieces (not a general website) you would like to submit, to booksmugglersden@gmail.com. Please include a cover letter with a short biography, as well as a title/image list for all work submitted.


We are a super small online literary magazine! Authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid nor receive royalties for their submission. This is an opportunity to build your platform.

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