EastOver Press seeks work that responds to our common experience and reflects our differences. We focus on collections of short stories, essays, or poetry, though we are open to hybrid forms and genre-expanding work. We are interested in work by all writers, especially those historically underrepresented in literary publishing. We seek to publish work in a format that honors both the writing and the writer. To see the books published or forthcoming from the Press, please see our website at eastoverpress.com.

The submission period for the 2022 EastOver Prize for Nonfiction has closed. EastOver Press will not hold a Fiction Prize contest for 2022.

Manuscript Guidelines 

1.  Manuscripts must be submitted as a MS Word file, double-spaced with numbered pages, set in a standard 12-point font (such as Times New Roman).  

2. The author's name, mailing address and email should appear on the first page of the manuscript. 

3.  Manuscripts must include a table of contents with page numbers and an acknowledgments page for previous publications of individual sections.

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Published by EastOver Press, Cutleaf is an online literary journal with an annual print anthology. We welcome unsolicited and unpublished original poetry, short stories, essays, and other nonfiction from established and emerging writers.

We are very unlikely to publish genre fiction, horror, adult romance, young adult fiction, teen paranormal romance, erotica, science fiction, comics, or graphics-based short stories. We consider simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will quickly inform us if a piece is accepted by another publication. Please go to the journal to read the sort of work we publish before submitting.

Please see the specific instructions for submissions in the three genres. 

Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $400 for prose and from $50 to $100 for poetry per poem. Cutleaf acquires non-exclusive first serial rights throughout North America to publish work in all editions of Cutleaf, wherever published and distributed, including hard copy and electronic formats. Writers receive credit of authorship in accordance with customary practice of Cutleaf. We reserve the right to make any work that we’ve published available in the Cutleaf archives on our website. Should a piece first published in Cutleaf be reprinted in another work, we request the later publication include an acknowledgment of Cutleaf. Work published online in Cutleaf may be chosen for inclusion in the Cutleaf anthology, The Cutleaf Reader, published annually.

Both EastOver Press and Cutleaf seek work that responds to our common experience and reflects our differences. We are interested in work by all writers, especially those historically underrepresented in literary publishing.

Cutleaf is interested in essays of many forms but we prefer a narrative and literary approach to the essay. 

We do not limit our point of view to the merely factual, but welcome new approaches such as speculative nonfiction, essays based in metaphor, essays in verse, and other re-imaginings of the format. We welcome work about literature, travel, music, food, visual art, and film.  

We welcome humor. We invite collaborative work. 

We are not interested in polemics, position statements, or editorials. 

We will consider nonfiction of many lengths, though we generally publish work from 1500 to 6000 words. Longer work must be exceptionally compelling.

Submissions should be double-spaced, use page numbers, and in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman. Please upload your entire submission as one file. Be sure to include your name and mailing address on the first page. Please do not submit more than once during a single reading period. 

Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $400 for published prose. 

EastOver Press & Cutleaf Journal