Submission guidelines

— how to submit

Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting.



wildness accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and considers work in most styles, forms, or genres. For a better idea of our preferences, we always recommend reading through our previous issues.

We currently publish our issues quarterly (in February, May, August, and November) and read submissions on a rolling basis—all work submitted will simply be considered for the next open issue.

  • For poetry, please send no more than 10 poems; with fiction and non-fiction, please limit the submission to 5,000 words.
  • Please only submit previously unpublished work, and though simultaneous submissions are okay, please mention it in your email. (Also, should your work be accepted elsewhere, please do let us know.)
  • All submissions should include a third-person bio and short cover note in the body of the email. The work should be attached in a single .docx or PDF file—please do not submit using OneDrive or Google Docs.
  • We aim to reply within a month of receipt; please do query us if it’s been longer than this.

Though the owner of the work retains copyright upon publication, you agree to grant wildness first serial/electronic rights, as well as electronic archival rights (in perpetuity). You also agree that if the work is published subsequently (online or in print), credit to wildness is to be given.

Unfortunately, at this time, though we are always looking for ways to do so, we are unable to offer payment to contributors. We do, however, nominate for most major prizes (Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best American, etc.) and continue to promote contributors after publication.

If you would like to support us, please consider contributing to our tip jar—all monies will go to the hosting and upkeep of the website.


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