Winter Issue:  Submissions are open from October 1st until December 1st. 

Summer Issue: Submissions are open from March 1st until May 1st.

General Guidelines

Innovate. Hybridize. Write against the grain. 

We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry including text-based visuals, but we especially want to see your experimental and hybrid concoctions. Hopefully, you’ve familiarized yourself with the journal and checked in about what “experimentation” means to us. Beyond that, we look for work which feels urgent and arresting, precise and nuanced. If you’re submitting under a prose category, keep in mind that we prefer experimentation which retains a strong narrative aspect. Only one submission per genre, per issue, please.

PROSE should be no longer than 5,000 words. 

POETRY should include up to 6 poems, which may include high-resolution images for visual poetry and other text-based experimentation.

We accept REVIEW/INTERVIEW submissions for TIMBER Talks.

We publish TRANSLATIONS primarily by solicitation, though you may query us to discuss a proposal. 

We strongly encourage submissions by individuals from groups or backgrounds historically marginalized and/or under-represented in TIMBER. We want to see your work! 

Other Details: We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please promptly notify us if the work has been accepted elsewhere. If you would like to withdraw individual flash pieces or poems, please add a note to your submission. We accept only one submission per reading period; multiple submissions will be not be considered. All submissions should be uploaded to Submittable as .DOC or .DOCX files, formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman. All prose submissions should be double spaced. TIMBER does not charge a reading fee; all submissions are free.

We’re looking for prose that feels urgent, stops us in our tracks, and offers a fresh perspective. We especially love work which challenges our traditional conceptions of genre and form.

Let us know in your cover letter whether you consider your work to be fiction or creative nonfiction. Or, if you feel your piece(s) fall somewhere in-between, let us know that, too.

Please limit your submission to 5,000 words for a single piece or up to three flash pieces under 1,000 words apiece.

Have a piece of creative writing that doesn't quite fit into a singular genre like poetry or prose? We'd love to read it! Our editors look for work that feels urgent and arresting, precise and nuanced, regardless of whether or not that work can be ascribed to a specified category.

Our standard word limit for prose is 5000 words and our standard page limit for poetry is 10 pages. If your hybrid piece(s) are longer than those specifications, we likely won't be able to accept them.

Submissions for reviews and interviews are open year-round and will be published intermittently (i.e. not seasonally as with the rest of the journal).

We welcome reviews/interviews that promote all authors, but we're especially interested in those who embrace TIMBER's experimental spirit and produce works that push boundaries, genre-bend, and build or break form.