Grub Street submissions for volume 70 (to be published in May of 2021) are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2020. Submissions are evaluated on a rolling basis. The sooner you submit, the better. (For submissions to the high school contest, please scroll to the bottom of this page for details.)
SEND US YOUR BEST POEMS, SHORT STORIES, PLAYS, ESSAYS, AND ART
We’re excited about receiving genre-defiant submissions, such as:
Poetry Comics, Prose Poems, Flash Fiction, Flash Essays, Lyric Essays, Graphic Novel Excerpts, Graphic Memoir Excerpts, Video Essays, Speculative Nonfiction
To have the time, physical accommodation, social infrastructure, emotional energy, and support to write can be a privilege that many people do not have access to. On top of that, the standards for English writing are rooted in the study of a racist, sexist, ableist, and otherwise oppressive English literary canon that centers white, cis-gender, heterosexual male voices.
In our mission to challenge mainstream narratives to include the stories of those who have always been leaders in change and growth, we encourage underrepresented voices to submit their creative work: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color, as well as differently-abled, neurodiverse, lesbian, gay, queer, asexual, aromantic, agender, intersex, trans, gender nonconforming, and gender expansive people. The staff of Grub Street is committed to supporting underrepresented identities in the development of their work and will work with submitters personally to help them realize their artistic goals.
Only previously unpublished works (either in print or online) will be considered for publication. Please submit one work per file. Do not submit group submissions (i.e., if you submit five poems, do not put all five poems into one document. Please create five separate documents for each poem.) We read submissions in a blind-review process, so please remove all identifying information from your works. (i.e; title pages, headers, document file titles, etc) Genre-specific guidelines are as follows:
- Poetry: Up to five poems may be submitted for consideration. Please submit one poem per document. Documents should be .doc or .docx files only.
- Fiction: Up to two pieces of fiction may be submitted for consideration. Please submit one prose piece per document. Documents should be .doc or .docx files only.
- Creative Nonfiction: Up to two pieces of creative nonfiction may be submitted for consideration. Please submit one prose piece per document. Documents should be .doc or .docx files only.
- Visual Art: Up to five works of visual art may be submitted for consideration. Visual art should be at least 4x6 inches and sent as a .png, .raw or high-quality .jpeg file with at least 300dpi and a size of at least 1MB.
If you have questions or concerns about these guidelines that are not addressed in our FAQ, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Contest
Maryland high school students: Please send your best poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction to email@example.com. Put "HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST" in the subject line. You may submit in multiple categories. You may submit up to five poems, one story, and one essay. Stories and essays should not exceed 6,000 words. (You may also submit to the journal proper, regardless of submitting to the contest.
We look forward to receiving your work and wish you the best of luck in your literary and artistic endeavors!
Note: If your file is smaller than 1 MB in size it is likely that we will not be able to publish it, so please send us the highest quality file that you have.
Please limit your art submissions to a maximum of five. Submissions received in excess of this limit will not be reviewed.