Limestone, a literary journal housed at the University of Kentucky, publishes original art, poetry and prose from
established and emerging writers. Our tastes vary from year to year, and what we publish is subject to the
whims of the editorial board. However, we are human beings, and as such enjoy honest characters, sparky
language, and stories that explore the complexities of being alive. We like art that speaks to us similarly, and
art that features the imaginative use of color and form. We do print in color, but welcome black and white
images as well. Typically we choose an artist from our accepted submissions for our cover.
Over the past 25 years, we’ve published free verse, formal poetry, prose poetry, short stories, flash fiction,
creative nonfiction, photography, visual art, comic strips, and photos of three-dimensional art. We are,
however, open to new and/or experimental forms. As Limestone is not specifically a regional journal, accepted
submissions will not be limited by theme or contributor’s residence.
Previous contributors to Limestone include Chris Agee, Wendell Berry, Eavan Boland, T. Crunk, Guy
Davenport, Alice Derry, Nikky Finney, Carol Frith, Seamus Heaney, Rebecca Howell, Ed McClanahan, Davis
McCombs, Virgil Suarez, Richard Taylor, Frank X. Walker II, and Jeff Worley.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification.
A submission selected for inclusion in our print journal may also be showcased on our website,
We accept manuscripts year round, but in order to be considered for the 2012 issue, submissions must reach
us by March 1, 2012. Submissions received after that date will be considered for the following year. We
typically do not read from late May to mid August.
Submissions should be limited to five poems or fewer, typed and single-spaced.
Submissions should be limited to no more than thirty typed, double-spaced pages.
All accepted submissions will be resized to fit the margins of the magazine (5” x 7”). Images should have a
resolution of 300 dpi or higher.