Submission Guidelines

Against the Grain is open to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions. Translations are also welcome. Please send 3-5 poems (all types, including song lyrics), up to 30 pages of fiction (flash fiction, short stories, novella/novel excerpts), and/or up to 30 pages of nonfiction (essays, memoir/creative nonfiction excerpts, play/screenplay excerpts, literary writing, jokes, image-free hybrid texts) to as a word document or PDF file. Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced and include page numbers. If you are submitting to multiple genres, please send a separate email for each submission. In the subject line indicate which genre you are submitting to. In the body of the email include a brief bio. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged; submissions are open year-round. You will be notified through email if your submission is accepted or rejected. Please wait until you hear back before submitting again. After 4 months, feel free to send a query email. In order to withdraw all or part of a submission, please send an email. Issues of the journal will appear in PDF format on the website for contributors and readers to access for free.