Bracken is a literary magazine born of the love of the woods and its shadows. Bracken is green and lush, coarse and delicate, drinks from the earth, and spreads underground, more root than frond. Bracken is understory, invades, takes over, shades and protects. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art that will root, tender and tough, in us.
Before you submit, please familiarize yourself with what we publish by reading our past issues. To find out what our editors want, read the interviews with Alina Rios and Jed Myers (part 1 and part 2) .
We support diversity and welcome work 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 brackenmagazine.com 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 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 email@example.com
We consider any style of poetry, although we confess our bias toward the lyrical. We look for natural-world, and especially arboreal, elements in the poems we receive.
Send us poems through which we can rediscover that we are nature—poems that slip in under our skin and change the light in the room.
- up to 4 poems per submission in a single document
- no longer than 100 lines per poem (we prefer shorter pieces)
- original and unpublished
- no multiple submissions
- simultaneous submissions are okay (to withdraw individual poems from your submission, leave us a note in the Submittable)
Payment: We pay $30/poem.
We feature artwork that fits our visual and content aesthetic.
We are interested in fine art, photography, sculpture, constructions, assemblage, and craft art. We would also consider video submissions if you think you have something that would fit our sensibilities.
We prefer portfolio links to individual piece submissions.
Payment: We pay $30 per feature, which could include a single image or multiple images of your work.