Submission Guidelines: On Hiatus

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.

How to Submit:
Send all submissions to saltwaterquarterly@gmail.com. Your subject line should read: “Submission: [Type of Submission], [Last Name].” For example, “Submission: Fiction, Smith.” Submissions should be included in the body of an email. Please do not include attachments, unless you are submitting artwork for consideration.
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We will read work and review art year round, but individual deadlines will apply for each issue. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please do not send us work that has been published anywhere else, including on personal blogs (unless they are password protected).
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Please allow four to six weeks before inquiring about the status of your submission. Any questions, comments or concerns may be directed to Katie McClendon, Editor of Saltwater Quarterly, using the email address above. We are unfortunately unable to pay our contributors at this time, but we hope that this will change in the near future. In the meantime, we provide complimentary contributor copies of the journal.
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Thank you so much for your interest in Saltwater Quarterly. We look forward to considering your work.

6 responses to “Submission Guidelines: On Hiatus

  1. As an editor of a journal, I understand you can’t pay writers in cash. However, do you pay in contributor copies?

    :^)>

  2. Cornelius Jones Jr.

    For poetry submissions, are we only allowed to send up to 3 poems per email during the submission or only 3 poems total during each quarterly submission?

    • Katie McClendon

      Hi Cornelius,

      We only accept three poems per submission period. Thank you for checking in with us about that.

      Katie McClendon, Editor

  3. Hi, I made a watercolor for submission for consideration for your cover. However, my scanner is broken and I do not know when I will be able to fix it. Could I make a copy of the artwork and mail it to you? If so, where should I address it to? Thank you.

    • Katie McClendon

      Hi Jen,

      Unfortunately, we would need the submission as an electronic file. You might be able to scan it a local library or copy shop, though. We hope your scanner gets fixed soon!

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