We accept previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can include a cover letter full of amusing tidbits about you or of fascinating trivia you learned from a podcast recently, but we are not interested in reading a list of the journals your work has appeared in. What is important to us is that you are sending us writing that feels urgent and necessary, work that is ready to go out for a stroll in the world. As a journal, we are committed to publishing diverse voices of all kinds.

We know how nerve-wracking it can be to check your inbox every morning, hoping to hear back from a journal, so we do our best to make our turnaround time as quick as possible.   We will try to respond to every submission within two months, if not sooner.  Please do not send more than one submission in any genre until you have heard back from us.

Unfortunately, we will sometimes need to charge for submissions. We are a small volunteer staff with a limited budget, and this charge will cover only our costs for running Submittable. However, we want to ensure that submitting to Peatsmoke remains accessible to all. We will provide as many free submission periods as we can throughout the year. If you are submitting during a paid submission period and are unable to pay the $3 submission fee, please send us an email at editors@peatsmokejournal.com letting us know, and we will waive your submission fee. Also, we offer free submissions for marginalized writers, as it is so important to us to support the words of those who have been traditionally underrepresented in the writing community.

Although we wish we could pay our contributors, we are unable to do so at this time. However, we will give your work a forever home on our website, sing your praises, and always love you! We nominate for prizes and anthologies, including Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions. If published with us, we ask that you give Peatsmoke First North American Serial Rights and electronic media rights to your work. The copyright reverts back to the author upon publication, but we ask that Peatsmoke is acknowledged if the work is subsequently published in book form or reprinted in another venue.

Please read the specific genre guidelines before submitting. Thank you!

If you are a writer with an identity that is marginalized or traditionally marginalized, please feel free to submit here. We wish to support BIPOC writers, writers with disabilities, queer and LGBTQIA+ writers, and neurodivergent writers. Your stories and words are necessary, and we are so excited to read them. 

General Guidelines

We accept previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can include a cover letter full of amusing tidbits about you or of fascinating trivia you learned from a podcast recently, but we are not interested in reading a list of the journals your work has appeared in. What is important to us is that you are sending us writing that feels urgent and necessary, work that is ready to go out for a stroll in the world. As a journal, we are committed to publishing diverse voices of all kinds. 

We know how nerve-wracking it can be to check your inbox every morning, hoping to hear back from a journal, so we do our best to make our turnaround time as quick as possible. We will try to respond to every submission within two months, if not sooner. Please do not send more than one submission in any genre until you have heard back from us. After receiving our response, please wait three months before submitting again. 

 We aren't looking for particular styles or types of writing, but here are some things we consider when reading:

Poetry 

Nothing excites us more than a stellar combination of image and sound. We’re interested in how the two collide and inform each other and the work they’re doing. Images that have energy are the best images. Sound and form that follows content are the best sounds and forms. We want to be able to understand what’s going on in your poem by the weight and lilt of it in our mouths. We read everything aloud. We pay attention to line breaks. If we’ve seen it before, we don’t want to publish it. Please send up to three poems of any length.

Fiction

We’re into fiction that explores the human condition with empathy and curiosity. We love reading fully realized characters who are pushed and challenged, and clear, carefully-crafted sentences that bring them to life. Speculative, experimental, and flash fiction are absolutely welcome here. Please, no work over 7,000 words, and send only one short story or three flash pieces. 

Nonfiction

We love nonfiction pieces we can’t classify. If it’s a brief flash prose poem using academic language that’s also a sonnet, we want to read it. We most admire essays that (like poetry) emphasize image, that show the process of discovery. Please send only one piece at a time. 

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General Guidelines

We are always open for submissions, and excited to read your work!
We accept previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can include a cover letter full of amusing tidbits about you or of fascinating trivia you learned from a podcast recently, but we are not interested in reading a list of the journals your work has appeared in. What is important to us is that you are sending us writing that feels urgent and necessary, work that is ready to go out for a stroll in the world. As a journal, we are committed to publishing diverse voices of all kinds. 

We know how nerve-wracking it can be to check your inbox every morning, hoping to hear back from a journal, so we do our best to make our turnaround time as quick as possible. We will try to respond to every submission within two months, if not sooner. Please do not send more than one submission in any genre until you have heard back from us.
We aren't looking for particular styles or types of writing, but here are some things we consider when reading:

We’re into fiction that explores the human condition with empathy and curiosity. We love reading fully realized characters who are pushed and challenged, and clear, carefully-crafted sentences that bring them to life. Speculative and experimental work is absolutely welcome here. 

Important:

One story per submission between 1500-7,000 words. 

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General Guidelines
     We are always open for submissions, and excited to read your work!
      We accept previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can include a cover letter full of amusing tidbits about you or of fascinating trivia you learned from a podcast recently, but we are not interested in reading a list of the journals your work has appeared in. What is important to us is that you are sending us writing that feels urgent and necessary, work that is ready to go out for a stroll in the world. As a journal, we are committed to publishing diverse voices of all kinds.
     We know how nerve-wracking it can be to check your inbox every morning, hoping to hear back from a journal, so we do our best to make our turnaround time as quick as possible. We will try to respond to every submission within two months, if not sooner. Please do not send more than one submission in any genre until you have heard back from us.
     Here are some things we consider when reading:

We love flash with strong sentence-level writing and compelling images that hold a moment and explode it, taking us to unexpected depths in a small space. We're excited to receive both flash fiction and flash CNF. If it's important to you that we know the genre you're submitting, please drop us a note in your cover letter to tell us. Realism, speculative and experimental work, or a mix of all of these,  is very welcome. Feel free to get weird — we’re here for it.

Important: An individual flash  should be no longer than 1000 words. You may include up to three flash pieces in your submission. 

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 General Guidelines

We are always open for submissions, and excited to read your work!
We accept previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can include a cover letter full of amusing tidbits about you or of fascinating trivia you learned from a podcast recently, but we are not interested in reading a list of the journals your work has appeared in. What is important to us is that you are sending us writing that feels urgent and necessary, work that is ready to go out for a stroll in the world. As a journal, we are committed to publishing diverse voices of all kinds. 

We aren't looking for particular styles or types of writing, but here are some things we consider when reading:

Nothing excites us more than a stellar combination of image and sound.  We’re interested in how the two collide and inform each other and the  work they’re doing. Images that have energy are the best images. Sound  and form that follows content are the best sounds and forms. We want to  be able to understand what’s going on in your poem by the weight and  lilt of it in our mouths. We read everything aloud. We pay attention to  line breaks. If we’ve seen it before, we don’t want to publish it.  Please send up to three poems of any length.

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Peatsmoke features artists in each issue, with art paired with each story and poem and displayed prominently on our main page. We are into any kind of 2-D art that appears well on a website. Send us your collage, your photography, your paintings, your line drawings, your wood cuts, your etchings, your linotypes, your sand art -- whatever it is,, we'd love to check it out. For our consideration, please give us a   submission of 5-10 images. Please send only one submission at a time, and wait until you have received a response before submitting again.

Note: Please upload each image with a name so that it is easier for us to differentiate between pieces. If they have a title, please upload it with the title (if not, Image 1, 2, 3 etc. is fine). Thank you!

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