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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Balloon Lit. Journal seeks work for young readers

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But please kindly note that we only read and respond to submissions that follow our guidelines.

Many parts of the world have shut down under the threats of COVID-19, schools are suspended, gatherings are discouraged. In this difficult period of time, BALLOONS Lit. Journal is seeking poetry, short stories and artwork that brings warmth to our young readers. Works may praise the medical officers, mourn for the deceased, encourage the infected, cheer up the children staying home, show support to educators, reflect love and humanity or anything that bring out positive energy, the energy everybody needs now.


BALLOONS Lit. Journal reads general submissions ALL YEAR ROUND.
But please kindly note that we only read and respond to submissions that follow our guidelines.

We are primarily looking for quality materials for school-aged readers from around 12 years onwards. Having said that, we won't be too excited seeing conventional materials for children. Rather than writing anything specifically for BLJ's readers, you should consider if we could find in your submission, however complex and philosophical, the elements that could enlighten and amaze the young minds. Read our Issues to see what sort of work move us!

We invite poetry and fiction submissions by email. All works must be original, previously unpublished and written in English. But if you also have fantastic art and/or photographic work that we think suit the journal, we will certainly let them in too. We love pleasant surprises - if you have anything which we have never imagined before, send it in!

​Your submission should include a cover letter with your brief bio note (be concise, precise and unique!). If the author is a school child, we'd love to know his/her age too. Please also note the following submission instructions for the different categories:

Poetry: 3-5 pieces. Any style that you find appropriate (feel free to surprise us!). Submit them in a single WORD doc as attachment.

Fiction: 1 piece. No more than 2000 words. Proofread, Font 12, common Font Types. Submit it in a WORD doc as attachment.

Artwork: 3-5 pieces. We take the common file types like JPG and GIF (Good resolution please!).

You may of course send in more than one category of work. But please do not send in materials of the same category again before you receive our final decision of your initial submission.

Simultaneous submission is certainly encouraged. But again, if your work is accepted elsewhere, while we'll congratulate you, please kindly withdraw your submission or piece(s) by contacting us as soon as possible.

How to Submit

All submissions to BLJ must be emailed to:

Response Time

We'll endeavour to process every submission as quickly as possible. If your submission is of great quality and relevance and arrives at the right time, we may be able to send you an acceptance within hours. Otherwise, as any other journals, it may take months.  We will try our best to give you a reply within THREE MONTHS. Do drop us a line should we fail to come up with a decision by the end of that period.

We apologize that we are unable to give individual feedback to authors whose work we do not take. But we love your participation and value your trust all the same. Keep your good work coming!

Tip Jar Submission

If you are so kind to make a donation to BLJ, please mention it in your submission that you have done so. We will then give you a more speedy (within a week) and personal reply. But of course, it goes without saying that making a donation or not does not affect our publication decision.

Your donation will surely help BLJ grow and help us continue to produce print copies for complimentary and educational purposes. We sincerely thank you for your kind support!


BLJ is independent and non-profit-making, thus we do not make monetary payment to contributors. We do, however, put our hearts into perfecting every issue, presenting every piece of work in the best possible way, and acknowledging contributors with their bio notes included.

Each contributor receives one print copy by post. But BLJ remains a free online magazine and thus print copies are NOT FOR SALE.


By submitting your work to BLJ, you are acknowledging BLJ's right to publish your accepted piece(s) in the specified issue of our journal (in both electronic and, if any in the future, print versions). BLJ reserves the right to edit the accepted pieces and the bio notes of the contributors. After publication, all rights revert to the contributors. It is the author/artist's responsibility to ensure that the submitted work is free from copyright violations. BLJ is not liable for any actions/consequences caused by questionable submitted materials in terms of copyrights.

Want More Submission Tips?

Do check out Duotrope and Six Questions For... for BLJ's submission advice if you seriously want to contribute to our journal.

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