In Layman's Terms

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Submissions are closed at this time. 

General Guidelines 

In Layman's Terms is an online literary journal that aims to inspire an engagement and appreciation of science, technology, and the natural world.  

Key Points:

  • While a research component is encouraged, please keep in mind the goal of accessibility and readability–we are not looking for academic-style writing, but rather an interpretation of data into art. 

  • Submissions should tie back to the theme of the issue in some way. This can be a broad interpretation or a precise one. 

  • You should familiarize yourself with our about page prior to submitting.
  • Pay attention to the additional instructions and text fields on the submissions form. 

  • Include all written submissions from the same genre in a SINGLE document. 

  • Refrain from submitting additional work until you have heard back from us regarding pending submissions. Submitting over and over again will not win you points with the editorial staff.

  • We accept only previously unpublished written work (we do not consider private blogs or websites in which a login is required for viewing to be previously published). Previously published photography or visual art will be considered, however you must inform us if this is the case. 

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, so long as you let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • There is no fee to submit. We offer payment by way of publishing accepted work. 

  • You should expect to hear back from us within a month of the submission deadline or sooner. Please do not query to ask if we have received your submission. The status of your submission will be available through Submittable. 

  • We ask for first internet serial rights to publish your submitted work online. The author retains all other rights.


Thank you for sharing your work with In Layman's Terms!