805 Lit + Art

805 Lit + Art (ISSN 2379-4593) publishes debut and emerging writers, poets, and artists in our quarterly, online journal. We take unsolicited and simultaneous submissions from contributors worldwide. 805 was founded in 2015 by a team of librarians, writers, and a college professor. We publish four issues a year plus occasional special issues. Each issue contains 4-6 short stories, 1-2 pieces of creative nonfiction, 3-4 poems, and 5-10 pieces of art. Free to read. Free to submit.

Meaning of "805"

"805" is the Dewey Decimal number for literary journals.

Contributor Awards and Prizes

We submit our authors to the following awards and prizes: The Pushcart Prize Best of the Net Anthology storySouth Million Writers Award PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers The Best American Short Stories The Best American Essays The Best Small Fictions The Best American Nonrequired Reading The O'Henry Prize Bettering American Poetry "Ne Plus Ultra" by Najah Webb will appear in Best Microfiction 2021. "Whatever They Told You Not to Be" by Natalie Hernandez was published in The Best Small Fictions 2019. "Little Birch Tree” by Courtney Prather was a finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology 2017.

The Library

Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS) was the 2016 Florida Library of the Year thanks to innovative projects such as 805. MCPLS's mission is to nurture imagination, promote lifelong learning, and enrich the community. MCPLS also hosts writing workshops, art classes, live music, a teen recycled fashion show and an annual comics convention. See here for more information on library programs.


Our editorial board consists of librarians, writers, students, and a professor. Volunteer internships are available to college students studying literature, art, journalism, publishing, or similar fields.

Jennifer Aleshire earned both a BA in creative writing and a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Her poetry has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Foundling Review, and Harpur Palate. She especially loves poetry, sci-fi, horror, graphic novels, and comics.

Jennifer Ammon received her MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University.

Makayla Berry, Student Editor, is obtaining her Bachelor's in English with a focus in Mass Communications at the University of North Florida. After she graduates in the Spring of 2019, she will begin to work on her Master's in Library and Information Sciences so that she may be able to begin working as a librarian at the University of North Florida. She writes poetry and short stories, and she is working on her first chapbook.

Julieanna Blackwell, Flash Fiction Editor, writes short fiction and essays. Her stories have appeared in several publications including Lunch Ticket, Ragazine CC, and Thrice Fiction Magazine. Her work has been featured in SCENE Magazine’s yearly beach read issues. The Naples Daily News published her humorous column of personal essays. She was also a finalist for the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award.

Kaitlin Crockett earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and also has a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She loves writing and reading poetry and flash fiction, as well as letterpress printing her own broadsides and chapbooks. See more at printstpete.org.

Courtney DeSear, Poetry Editor, is an Assistant Supervisor Librarian for the Manatee County Public Library System. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and also has a Masters of Arts in Children's Literature from Simmons College. A former bookseller and teacher, Courtney loves to read Young Adult books, short stories, romance, nonfiction and fantasy.

Aaron Drake is the a Library Assistant at Manatee Libraries. He is a former magazine editor and freelance contributor to a variety of publications about travel and LGBTQ+ topics of interest. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He loves spending time at the beach, playing with his German Shepherd and exploring Florida.

Ana Y. Feliciano Chico is the Assistant Supervisor Librarian of Information Services for Manatee County Libraries. She earned her Masters of Science in Information Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico. She loves reading diverse books of all kinds by authors of different backgrounds.

Stephanie Katz, Editor-in-Chief, is a technology trainer librarian for the Manatee County Public Library System. She earned her Bachelor's in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and her Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida. She has judged for the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award. Her favorite literary form is the short story. 

Jae Johnson is a librarian and Programming Coordinator for the Manatee County Public Library System. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in writing at Cornell University and her Masters of Arts in Library and Information Science at the State University at Albany, New York. She loves literary fiction for its beauty of language and understated power.

Matthew Masucci is an Associate Professor of Language and Literature at the State College of Florida. He is the faculty advisor of Elektraphrog, the State College of Florida Venice Campus student literary and arts magazine. He enjoys reading genre fiction and presenting papers on Literature of the Fantastic. His next presentation is “Angry Eden: Approaching Plant Entelechy through Plant Horror and Eco-Colonization in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy” at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

Editors Emeritus:

Kevin Beach

Samantha Canuel

Paige Eve Chant

Kristin Dashiell

Sarah Gibson

Cheryl Harrell

Lexie Mauer

Madalyn Sullivan

Praise for 805

Bradenton Patch, " Black Women Writers, 19th Amendment Celebrated By Manatee Library" Book Riot, " Literary Magazines Published by Libraries," 2020 Editor in Chief Stephanie Katz named Library Journal Mover & Shaker for work with 805 Florida Library Association Innovation Award, 2018 Poets & Writers, " Nine New Lit Mags You Need to Read" Tampa Bay Creative Loafing, Runner Up- Best Local Literary Journal, 2017 The Review Review, " New Lit Mag Celebrates Young Writers With Teen Issue," by Laurence Levey Authors Publish Magazine, " 20 Literary Journals for New Writers," by S. Kalekar

Contact Us

Email us: editor [at] 805lit.org

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