The Book Smuggler’s Den is an online literary platform that publishes book reviews, author interviews, flash fiction, short stories, personal essays, and poetry. We publish new and emerging writers in all walks of life.

We love quality pieces of literature

One of the greatest parts about being a writer is being a part of an exclusive community of literary minds who all have a similar goal in mind; to become the best of the best! Getting those creative juices flowing is half the battle and we love to see pieces that are original, well-written, and takes us to another world. How boring would it be if books, essays, movies, and indeed all things ended the same? No thanks!

The Book Smuggler’s Den supports those who run the midnight oil, writing until they get it right. Everyone can agree that the quality of writing matters just as much as how creative it is. Thankfully, the creative minds that we work with all produce content that is error-free and reads like a gem.

Author visibility

We are here to make sure that you get the visibility you deserve. Writing is a tough trade and it can be hard to break through in today’s market. The Book Smuggler’s Den wants to give you that extra push! Our online literary platform helps authors gain an online presence to gain the credibility they deserve. In addition to book reviews, we offer author interviews to hear firsthand what it means to be a writer.

The Book Smuggler’s Den is here to celebrate diversity and showcase authors. We invite you to visit booksmugglersden.com to learn more about who we are and see examples of previously published pieces and book reviews. 

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Published authors! If you need additional help marketing your work, the Book Smuggler's Den has marketing packages that will land your book in the hands of readers everywhere.

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 Keep in mind the minimum word count is 1,000 and the maximum word count is 2,500 for submissions of short stories to this literary magazine. Please do not submit works of more than 5,000 words. If you would like to send a longer piece, please query us via email first: contact@booksmugglersden.com. The Book Smugglers Den asks that you please respect the following:

  • Please submit work as a Word doc only. We do not accept anything as a PDF as it is tough to format.
  • Please write how many words your piece is at the top of your document
  • Please write what genre your piece is.
  • We do accept tasteful romance but absolutely NO erotica
  • Gorry horror
  • Please keep foul language to a minimum
  • Dialogue needs to be believable
  • No POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens

Absolutely NO politics, political essays, or anything pertaining to politics.

If a political issue has inspired you, make it creative instead of realistic. We want to read about it and not think twice about what it is mirroring in today's society.

No COVID 19 or pandemic pieces will be accepted.

At the Book Smuggler's Den, we understand that this has been a hard couple of years. The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways. Writing about it certainly helps one release anxiety, depression, and anger of the situation. Plus it is a good writing prompt. At this time we are not accepting pandemic pieces. Please do NOT submit anything related to the pandemic. Any entry that we feel pertains to the pandemic will be declined. 

Consider the following prompts:

  • Your bravest moment
  • How you met your best friend
  • What makes your mom or dad special
  • How you overcame a fear
  • Why you will succeed
  • Why you made a difficult choice
  • A special place
  • A place you try to avoid
  • When a friend let you down
  • An event that changed your life
  • A special encounter with an animal
  • A time when you felt out of place
  • An odd experience that didn't make sense at the time
  • Words of wisdom that hit home and changed your way of thinking
  • A person that you do not like
  • A time when you disappointed someone
  • Your fondest memory
  • A time when you saw your parent cry
  • The moment when you knew you were grown up
  • Your earliest memory of holiday celebrations in your home
  • Times when you should have made a better choice
  • A time when you dodged a dangerous situation
  • A person you will think about at the end of your life
  • Your favorite time period
  • A failure you've experienced
  • A disappointment you've experienced
  • A surprising turn of events
  • What you would do with power
  • What superpower you would choose
  • If you could switch lives with someone
  • A time when you felt you did the wrong thing
  • A proud moment when you did the right thing
  • An experience that you've never shared with another person
  • A special place that you shared with a childhood friend
  • A first encounter with a stranger
  • Your first handshake
  • Where you go to hide
  • If you had a do-over
  • A book that changed your life
  • Words that stung
  • When you had the desire to run
  • When you had the urge to crawl into a hole
  • Words that prompted hope
  • When a child taught you a lesson
  • Your proudest moment
  • If your dog could talk
  • Your favorite time with family
  • If you could live in another country
  • If you could invent something
  • The world a hundred years from now
  • If you had lived a hundred years earlier
  • The animal you'd like to be
  • One thing you'd change at your school
  • The greatest movie moment
  • The type of teacher you would be
  • If you could be a building
  • A statue you'd like to see
  • If you could live anywhere   

Feedback: Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  

If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.  We are a super small online literary magazine and we do not sell any of our publications. They are free for all to enjoy! As such, authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid. The Book Smuggler's Den presents a way for you to build your platform. You obtain all writes to your pieces and if another publication takes previously published items, we encourage you to submit your piece again.

The Book Smuggler's Den is looking for poems about love, romance, and Valentine's Day!

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.

Submission 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.

  • Please send us submissions via a doc. or docx file. Please format your work with block paragraphs and no indentations.
  • You may submit up to 3 poems, either in the same document or separately. Please try and keep poems to one page in length.
  • No haikus please
  • All submissions must be in English
  • 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.

Absolutely NO politics, political essays, or anything pertaining to politics.

If a political issue has inspired you, make it creative instead of realistic. We want to read about it and not think twice about what it is mirroring in today's society.

No COVID 19 or pandemic pieces will be accepted.

At the Book Smuggler's Den, we understand that this has been a hard couple of years. The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways. Writing about it certainly helps one release anxiety, depression, and anger of the situation. Plus it is a good writing prompt. At this time we are not accepting pandemic pieces. Please do NOT submit anything related to the pandemic.  This includes fiction mirroring it, apocalyptic fiction, biochemical warfare, or anything along those lines. Any entry that we feel pertains to the pandemic will be declined.


We are a super small online literary magazine and we do not sell any of our publications. They are free for all to enjoy! As such, authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid. The Book Smuggler's Den presents a way for you to build your platform. You obtain all writes to your pieces and if another publication takes previously published items, we encourage you to submit your piece again.

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 Keep in mind the minimum word count is 1,000 and the maximum word count is 2,500 for submissions of short stories to this literary magazine. Please do not submit works of more than 5,000 words. If you would like to send a longer piece, please query us via email first: contact@booksmugglersden.com. The Book Smugglers Den asks that you please respect the following:

  • Please submit work as a Word doc only. We do not accept anything as a PDF as it is tough to format.
  • Please write how many words your piece is at the top of your document
  • Please write what genre your piece is.
  • We do accept tasteful romance but absolutely NO erotica
  • Gorry horror
  • Please keep foul language to a minimum
  • Dialogue needs to be believable
  • No POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens

Absolutely NO politics, political essays, or anything pertaining to politics. 

If a political issue has inspired you, make it creative instead of realistic. We want to read about it and not think twice about what it is mirroring in today's society.  

No COVID 19 or pandemic pieces will be accepted.

At the Book Smuggler's Den, we understand that this has been a hard couple of years. The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways. Writing about it certainly helps one release anxiety, depression, and anger of the situation. Plus it is a good writing prompt. At this time we are not accepting pandemic pieces. Please do NOT submit anything related to the pandemic.  This includes fiction mirroring it, apocalyptic fiction, biochemical warfare, or anything along those lines. Any entry that we feel pertains to the pandemic will be declined.  

Feedback: Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What does the opening in the story promise? Does it engage the reader?
  • Does the story follow through on the promise?
  • Are the characters believable? Engaging? Intriguing?
  • Does the narrator’s voice ring true? Is it consistent throughout? Does it hold the reader’s attention?
  • What is the mood of the story? Is it carried throughout? Is there emotional affect?
  • What are the strengths of the writing? Its weaknesses?
  • To inquire about the feedback option, please send an email to contact@booksmugglersden.com

If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again. 

We are a super small online literary magazine and we do not sell any of our publications. They are free for all to enjoy! As such, authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid. The Book Smuggler's Den presents a way for you to build your platform. You obtain all writes to your pieces and if another publication takes previously published items, we encourage you to submit your piece again.

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 Keep in mind the minimum word count is 1,000 and the maximum word count is 2,500 for submissions of short stories to this literary magazine. Please do not submit works of more than 5,000 words. If you would like to send a longer piece, please query us via email first: contact@booksmugglersden.com. The Book Smugglers Den asks that you please respect the following:

  • Please submit work as a Word doc only. We do not accept anything as a PDF as it is tough to format.
  • Please write how many words your piece is at the top of your document
  • Please write what genre your piece is.
  • We do accept tasteful romance but absolutely NO erotica
  • Gorry horror
  • Please keep foul language to a minimum
  • Dialogue needs to be believable
  • No POV changes. Pick one point of view and stick with it
  • Please show more of the action than just telling the reader what happens

Absolutely NO politics, political essays, or anything pertaining to politics.

If a political issue has inspired you, make it creative instead of realistic. We want to read about it and not think twice about what it is mirroring in today's society.  

No COVID 19 or pandemic pieces will be accepted.

At the Book Smuggler's Den, we understand that this has been a hard couple of years. The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways. Writing about it certainly helps one release anxiety, depression, and anger of the situation. Plus it is a good writing prompt. At this time we are not accepting pandemic pieces. Please do NOT submit anything related to the pandemic.  This includes fiction mirroring it, apocalyptic fiction, biochemical warfare, or anything along those lines. Any entry that we feel pertains to the pandemic will be declined.  
Feedback: Selecting the feedback option for your submission does not guarantee your submission will be selected for publication online, but it does guarantee a summary of insights and recommendations on your work.  Specifically, feedback will include consideration of the following:

  • What does the opening in the story promise? Does it engage the reader?
  • Does the story follow through on the promise?
  • Are the characters believable? Engaging? Intriguing?
  • Does the narrator’s voice ring true? Is it consistent throughout? Does it hold the reader’s attention?
  • What is the mood of the story? Is it carried throughout? Is there emotional affect?
  • What are the strengths of the writing? Its weaknesses?
  • To inquire about the feedback option, please send an email to contact@booksmugglersden.com

If your work is declined, please wait one month before submitting again.
We are a super small online literary magazine and we do not sell any of our publications. They are free for all to enjoy! As such, authors that are chosen for the anthology will not be paid. The Book Smuggler's Den presents a way for you to build your platform. You obtain all writes to your pieces and if another publication takes previously published items, we encourage you to submit your piece again.

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