Winter Issue:  Submissions are open from September 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 between 500-5,000 words. 

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

We 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. All submissions are free. 

If you have a story to share, be it as witness or through your lived experiences, we can’t wait to read it! We’re looking for nonfiction 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 while still retaining a strong narrative. 

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

Please send 3-6 poems in a single document, and no more than a total of 10 pages maximum. If this is part of a larger work, please let us know in your cover letter. 

We also accept (and love) work which pushes at the boundary between creative writing and visual art, whether in the form of formally experimental text or textually populated image or work that isn't encompassed by either category. Feel free to submit hybrids, concrete poems, erasures, textually driven photography, experimental comics, illustrated flash, collages, video poems, and more. **If submitting visual pieces, please format as PNG or JPG.**

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 while still retaining a strong narrative. 

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



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