Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. We publish craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. We prefer writing that is accessible, and experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We value fiction and poetry that is aware of the history that has come before it.
Please follow the submissions guidelines on our website.
RATTLE is pretty simple: We love poetry and feel that it's something everyone can enjoy. We look for poems that are accessible, that have heart, that have something to say. And then we publish them. Poetry should make you laugh or cry; it should enlighten and entertain.
There are no dos and don’ts. We have room to be eclectic, and seek to
represent the entire stylistic landscape. Formal poems, epic poems,
lyric poems, narrative poems, surreal poems, prose poems, visual
poems—it’s all poetry. The most important thing a poem can be is
memorable. Does it lodge itself in your gut? Does it sing in there?
Up the Staircase Quarterly publishes unique, eclectic, and quality poetry that is vivid in imagery and idea. We are seeking difference-makers, writers going in new directions, originals. We also publish artwork: paintings, drawings, photography, comics, short films, music.
Please read Up the Staircase Quarterly before you submit. Please read submission guidelines.
This is a publication that plans to blur the lines of traditional poetry. Too many publications have a narrow definition of what poetry is or what it should be. We don't. In fact, we treasure poetry that strays from the path. We want raw, evocative, emotional poetry. We love imagery. While we don't traditionally like rhymes, we are not opposed to them if they are done well. We love the free verse; we also love the aubade. The form is up to you.
We do not want: Nature Poems Religious Poems Boring Poems Instead, please send us: Trash Poetry Nerdy Poetry Horror Poetry For more on what we're looking for, please review one or two of our back issues. We ONLY accept online submissions. Please no postal mail.
Due to the format of our publication, we do not take long line or prose poems.
For the past 15 years, Rattapallax magazine has been on the forefront of introducing readers with compelling poetry, films and ideas from around the world. Timeout magazine has called the literary journal “the visceral, multimedia hit of poetry.” Rattapallax is a series of interactive "experiences", short films and modules.
We are looking at making immersive poetry experiences and short films. Please read/view some of the work on our website
“Strong Words for a Polite Nation” subTerrain Magazine was founded in 1988 to publish writers from the other side of the tracks. Each issue features progressive and sometimes controversial writing, alongside timely book reviews and contemporary visual art. Praised by both writers and readers for featuring work that might not find a home in more conservative periodicals, subTerrain seeks to expand the definition of literary and artistic culture by showcasing the best in progressive writing and ideas.
Please DON'T send us formulaic genre fiction (eg. Romance, Mystery, Sci-fi etc.)
Please DO read a copy of the magazine. If you can't find one on the newsstand, we will send you a copy for $5 (and we pay the postage!).
Please DO read our Writer's Guidelines before submitting (at www.subterrain.ca).
We now accept electronic submissions via Submittable (we do NOT accept emailed submissions). Electronic submissions are charged a $3 fee to help pay for our Submittable account and thereby allow us to continue accepting electronic submissions; mailed submissions come with no charge (though you will have to pay for postage).
Acorn is a biannual journal dedicated to publishing the best of contemporary English-language haiku. In particular, it showcases the individual poem and the ability of haiku to reveal the extraordinary moments found in everyday life.
Do not want epigrams, musings, overt emotion poured into 17 syllables, science fiction, political commentary, strong puns or raunchy humor. A 5-7-5 syllable count is not necessary or encouraged. Preferred length is 1-5 lines, 17 or fewer syllables.
Versal, the literary & arts journal out of Amsterdam, seeks work that is urgent, involved, and unexpected. A publication celebrating translocal intersections and cross-cultural dialogue, Versal is internationally renowned for the quality of work published by up-and-coming as well as established writers, and for its strong attention to design and production values. Versal has been featured many times in Poets & Writers Magazine, including being named among the "top indie innovators" (November/December 2010).
We especially encourage works from outside of the US, works that blend genre, works in translation, works from writers and artists of color, works from writers and artists with disabilities, and works from writers and artists of marginalized orientations, backgrounds, and gender identities.