Saltwater Quarterly is not currently accepting submissions. Please consider submitting your work in the future, when we return from our brief hiatus.
Saltwater Quarterly is a literary journal devoted to publishing work that represents or echoes minority experience. When we return from our hiatus, we will be looking for work that:
- Shines a light on underrepresented communities;
- Exemplifies craft and technique and uses both successfully;
- Subverts or revises traditional forms to illustrate the experience of underrepresented communities;
- Surprises and moves the reader.
We believe that developing the confidence to write is critical and that every act of writing that combats the oppressive messaging of mainstream media is a revolutionary act. Please submit only your best work.
- Fiction should be no longer than 1,500 words*.
- Creative nonfiction should be no longer than 1,500 words.
- Poetry of any form and style is welcomed. We are especially open to poetry that experiments with traditional form in new and exciting ways. Please send no more than three poems at a time.
*We want to publish fiction that shows the potential of acceptance in the world. Work that includes minority characters as victims of violence or sexual assault—especially gender variant characters—will be rejected unless it offers hope or justice to the reader, regardless of the quality of writing.
We are also interested in submissions of artwork for future covers and issues. Please send us no more than three images of jellyfish, created by you in any medium you’ve chosen, that exemplify the minority experience. We leave it up to you to decide what that looks like.