About Lines + Stars

Lines + Stars began in 2006 as a means of establishing a new creative forum in Washington, DC — a city that all-too-often coasts on its more mechanistic pursuits. As of 2017, we operate out of Baltimore, Maryland. While many of our contributors hail from DC and the mid-Atlantic area, we’ve also expanded our writer base to include national and international voices.

Lines + Stars welcomes poetry and short prose of all varieties. Both novice and seasoned writers are encouraged to submit; it is the strength of the work that ultimately determines its inclusion in our journal. We also publish the occasional book review or interview, often focusing on the work of a DC- or Baltimore-area writer or a publication by a small press. Currently (and unfortunately), we cannot offer any payment for the publication of your work.

As we are a poetry-heavy publication, we typically publish only one to two short prose pieces per year.

About L+S Press

L+S Press is the book-publishing arm of Lines + Stars. Through L+S Press, we host the annual Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series, which publishes a mid-Atlantic poet’s first chapbook-length collection. We accept chapbook submissions from May through September of each year. Click here for details on eligibility, deadlines, and guidelines.

L+S Press also publishes best-of anthologies, broadsides, and other projects, and hosts the Big Light Reading Series in Baltimore.


To submit poems, short prose, or book reviews, please use our Submittable page. Please upload all of your work in the SAME document; do not submit individual pieces of writing separately.

All other editorial inquiries can be sent to editor@linesandstars.com. Submissions directly sent to this email address will be deleted unread.

Who We Are

Editor + Founder
Rachel Cloud Adams

Editors, Readers, Interns + Supporters
(Past + Present)

Larry Fox
Ken Quam
Abigail Yeager
Michaela Cowgill
Emma Bartley
Elizabeth Asher

Website Design
Wiena Lin
William Neuheisel
Sanket Gohil