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 We welcome unsolicited and unpublished original poetry, short stories, essays, and other nonfiction in English from established and emerging writers. 

Cutleaf is open for submissions once per year in each genre.  To be informed about reading periods, please subscribe to our newsletter on the Cutleaf website.

For the issues in 2024, Cutleaf will open to submissions on the following dates:

Fiction: May 1, 2023

Nonfiction: October 1, 2023

Poetry: November 1, 2023.

We often limit the number of submissions in order to be able to respond quickly to authors, so please plan accordingly. 

We consider simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will quickly inform us if a piece is accepted by another publication. 

Please see the specific instructions for submissions in the three genres in the drop down menus below.

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. 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 our anthology, The Cutleaf Reader, published annually.

******************Manuscript Guidelines for submissions to Cutleaf**************** 

1.  Manuscripts must be submitted as a MS Word file set in a standard 12-point font (such as Times New Roman).  Prose should be double-spaced with numbered pages. Poems should be spaced as the author expects them to appear in the journal.

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


EastOver Press seeks work in English 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. 

To see the books published or forthcoming from the Press, please see our website at

We are not currently open for book manuscripts. 

EastOver Press is accepting previously published short stories for a forthcoming anthology. The stories should have been published in 2021 or 2022. 

The anthology will focus on BIPOC writers who live in or hail from rural or semi-rural locales (in the United States) and whose short stories feature characters living and/or working in rural or semi-rural spaces. In addition, we'll also accept work from BIPOC writers who've spent a significant amount of time in rural or semi-rural locales and whose work might reflect those spaces. 

Erika T. Wurth will serve as guest editor.

Submissions should be no more than 25 pages or 7500 words and may include up to three submissions per author or five submissions per editor of a literary journal. 

Our payment to authors upon publication of the anthology is $100-$300. Send questions to

EastOver Press & Cutleaf Journal