Rusted Radishes accepts submissions from anyone who has a relationship with Lebanon or the MENA region, whether you are from there, have traveled or worked there, or have some other tangible connection. Ultimately, our mission is to create a space for these writers and artists. We look forward to reading and viewing work that illuminates aspects of the human condition in transformative ways.

With the generosity of the Center for Arts and Humanities at the American University of Beirut, we have launched our online journal! This means that while our reading and viewing period for our print issue is between January 1 and April 1, we will be reading for online publication year- round. Housed in the American University of Beirut’s Department of English, Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal  seeks writing and art that is innovative, truthful, risk-taking, and engaged. 

We seek previously unpublished work.

In addition to our seasoned authors, artists, and translators, many of our authors have been published for the first time by Rusted Radishes.  Our mission is to bring their work into the spotlight. This mission is  parallel to publishing previously unpublished work, so that we are  continually sharing new work to a larger audience.

How to submit 

Rusted Radishes is published annually. Our reading and viewing period for Issue 8, due out fall 2019, is from January 1 to April 1. Our reading and viewing period for our online journal is year-round.To submit, send your work through our Submittable portal. If you have questions, please send an e-mail to Any work submitted not in line with these guidelines will not be accepted, and you will be asked to re-submit.

Attachment: Each writing piece should be  attached in a separate document in .doc form. Each art piece should be sent as a high-res attachment.

Formatting is easy: Simply use a 12 pt font and double-space each prose piece. Please  retain the original aesthetic in your poetry.  

Multiple submissions are welcome: But  check the guidelines specific to your genre for the maximum allowance.  Please note that any combination of genres consistent with individual guidelines is welcome.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome: Please just withdraw your work through your Submittable submissions manager.

Name each submission ‘title_genre’: Please  include your full name and e-mail address on the top of the first page of the actual submission file.

Bio: Please provide a brief bio written in 3rd person that does not exceed 80 words. Please indicate whether you are a student, faculty or alum of AUB; and/or your connection to Lebanon or the region. We reserve the right to  edit your bio for syntax and grammatical correctness.

Please read our general guidelines before submitting! Any submission that is submitted not in line with our guidelines will not be read!

For our monthly online features section, you may submit in any of our genres -- poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translation, drama, graphic narratives, or art. Submissions may be in Arabic or English.

Please note that these pieces will not be considered for our annual journal, but they will remain online.

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