There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Bracken seeks poetry, prose (varying from issue to issue), and art that fit the aesthetic of the magazine.

Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with what we publish by reading our past issues. Also, for a further sense of our editors’ interests, you might want to read interviews with Alina Rios and Jed Myers (part 1 and part 2).

Bracken supports diversity and welcomes work by and about individuals of all ages, classes, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Bracken purchases first worldwide English-language serial and electronic rights for poetry or prose. Each written piece we acquire will be published on in an electronic biannual issue. We may also feature such works or excerpts thereof for promotional purposes. The author retains all other rights.

We seek work that is previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are considered. We ask that you let us know promptly if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. For a poetry submissions, to withdraw individual poems, just leave us a note in Submittable. To withdraw all poems in a submission, you can use Submittable’s withdraw function.

Please make only one submission at a time. If your submission has been declined, you may send us another.

Bracken features the art we select on and promotes the artwork on our social media channels. No other rights are requested.

Fee to submit: $3 per poetry or prose submission*; art submissions are free.

We pay: $30 for each previously unpublished piece of written work, $30 per art feature (which may consist of multiple images), and a negotiated rate for cover art.

*Note: After bringing the first eight online issues and a print anthology to life, paying each contributor for the work we featured, and reaching into our own pockets to keep this beautiful grove called Bracken evolving, we came to see that we must, after all, charge something for submissions. We’re sad it’s true, and we hope you understand. If the $3.00 submission fee is prohibitive for you, please email us at