Submission Guidelines

General submissions are open from September 15 - February 1.
Please read the below guidelines carefully.

For the print version of CutBank, we accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions. Please only submit online; paper submissions will be recycled. There is no fee for general submissions.

Submit unpublished, original work, and include a cover letter (in the designated space) with a brief biography and contact information. Please do not include your contact information or biography in the document.  Please submit no more than twice per reading period.

We’re always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere (poets please email us if an individual poem in your submission becomes unavailable).

We encourage you to read CutBank before submitting. Sample issues are available for $8, one-year subscriptions for $15.

FICTION should be double-spaced.  We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words.

POEMS should be uploaded as one file, with page breaks between poems.  We accept up to five poems per submission. We're always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw your entire submission, use Submittable. To withdraw part of your submission, email us at editor.cutbank[at]gmail[dot]com.

NONFICTION should be double-spaced. We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words.

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, however please do not submit again until you hear back from us. Response time is typically 2 to 4 months. Thank you for submitting!

Every piece will be read first by an editor, and then by an enthusiastic, trained pool of readers. Reading your work is the most exciting part of our jobs, and we’re happy to say we form the majority of our content for CutBank from unsolicited submissions. We’re all writers here, and we appreciate the opportunity to read your work. Keep writing and we’ll see you on the flip side!