Bracken publishes lyrical fiction, poetry, and art inspired by the wood and what lies in its shadows. Bracken is looking for short fiction (under 2500 words), poetry, and art that fit the aesthetic of the magazine. Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with what we publish by reading our past issues. To find out what our editors want, read Amy Lee Lillard's editorial notes on our latest blog, as well as interviews with Alina Rios and Jed Myers (part 1 and part 2) . 

We support diversity and welcome stories by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations. 

Bracken purchases first North American and electronic serial rights. Each story or poem we acquire will be published on in an electronic issue. We may also excerpt stories and poems for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

Simultaneous submissions are considered. We just ask that you let us know promptly if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. For a fiction submission, this means you withdraw your submission. For a poetry submission, to withdraw individual poems, leave us a note in Submittable. To withdraw all poems in a submission, withdraw the submission. 

We don't publish reprints.

We aim to respond within 30 days, but life often intervenes. If you haven't heard from us in two months, please query by sending email to

We would love to feature your art on the cover of Bracken or to accompany fiction and poetry pieces. Your artwork should fit our visual and content aesthetic.

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