A project of EastOver Press, Cutleaf is an online literary journal with an annual print anthology, The Cutleaf Reader.  

We welcome unpublished original poetry, short stories, and literary nonfiction in English from established and emerging writers.

Submission windows for 2024 are listed below; the windows may be open for varying duration depending the number of submissions. More details will be in the specific forms for each genre.  Please make sure to subscribe to our newsletter at cutleafjournal.com/subscribe for the most up-to-date and complete information. 

Fiction – May 15 to May 31, 2024 

Literary Nonfiction – October 1 to October 31, 2024 

Poetry – November 1, 2024.

There is no fee to submit. Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $400 for published prose and from $50 to $100 per published poem. We will consider simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will quickly inform us if a piece is accepted by another publication.

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 yearly anthology, The Cutleaf Reader.

Manuscripts submitted to Cutleaf 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. The author's name, mailing address and email must 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 eastoverpress.com.

We are not currently open for unsolicited book manuscripts. 

EastOver Press is accepting previously published short stories for a forthcoming fiction anthology. The stories should have been published in 2022 or 2023. 

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. 

Deesha Philyaw 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 keith@eastoverpress.com.

EastOver Press & Cutleaf Journal