CutBank Print Edition
Submission Guidelines

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

For the print editions 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.

We encourage you to read CutBank before submitting. Sample issues are available here for $10, one-year subscriptions for $17.

Submit unpublished, original work, and include a cover letter (in the designated space) with a brief biography and contact information.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.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, 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, and add a note in Submittable detailing the change.

Response time is typically 2 to 4 months. We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, however please do not submit again until you hear back from us, and please submit no more than twice per reading period.

FICTION should be double-spaced, in a conventional, readable font such as 12 point Times New Roman.  We are unable to read unsolicited submissions of more than 8,500 words.

NONFICTION should be double-spaced, in a conventional, readable font such as 12 point Times New Roman. 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. To withdraw your entire submission, use Submittable. To withdraw part of your submission, add a note in Submittable detailing which poems are no longer available.

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 the majority of our content for CutBank comes 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!