Submission Guidelines

Editorial Mission

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Both EastOver Press and Cutleaf seek work that responds to our common experience and reflects our differences. We are interested in work by all writers, especially those historically underrepresented in literary publishing.

Cutleaf

Cutleaf publishes a new issue twice a month. We welcome unsolicited original prose (both creative nonfiction and fiction) and poetry from both established and emerging writers. 

We consider simultaneous submissions with the understanding that you will quickly inform us if a piece is accepted by another publication. 

We read and respond to manuscripts on a rolling basis and strive to respond to every submission in a timely manner. If you have not heard from us within three months, send us a query via email. Please do not send additional submissions until you’ve heard back from us.

Work published online in Cutleaf may be chosen for inclusion in the print Cutleaf Reader.

Fiction

Cutleaf is interested in fiction of all shapes and sizes, although we are generally interested in work less than 6000 words. Longer work must be exceptionally compelling, and we may publish longer works in installments. Short excerpts from longer works are more likely to be accepted when they stand alone as a discrete work. We will read one long piece or up to three short pieces at a time per author. We are also interested in flash fiction with a limit of 1000 words.

Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $750 for published fiction.

Essays

Cutleaf is interested in essays in both standard and hybrid forms. We welcome new approaches such as speculative nonfiction, essays based in metaphor, essays in verse, and other re-imaginings of the format. We welcome work about literature, travel, music, visual art, and film in multiple formats. We are less interested in journalistic approaches than in work that shows the larger and smaller truths about being human. We are generally interested in essays of less than 6000 words. Longer work must be exceptionally compelling, and we may publish longer works in installments.

Prose submissions should be double-spaced and use a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. Please upload your entire submission as one MS Word file. Be sure to include your name and contact information on the first page.

Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $750 for published nonfiction prose.

Poetry

Cutleaf is interested in poetry of many styles and formats. We will read up to seven poems at a time per author. 

Poems should be single-spaced and use a standard 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. Please upload your entire submission as one MS Word file. Be sure to include your name and contact information on the first page.

Cutleaf will pay from $50 to $200 for published poetry.

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EastOver Press

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EastOver Press publishes books by emerging and established writers. We focus on collections of short stories, essays, or poetry, though we are open to hybrid forms that might combine aspects of different genres. We seek to publish work in a format that honors both the writing and the writer.

EastOver Prize for Essays (and other Nonfiction) Manuscripts

The EastOver Prize for Essays (and other Nonfiction) is open to a wide variety of book length non-fiction manuscripts by established and emerging writers.  

We are especially interested in collections of literary essays, but will consider memoirs, mixed genre works, works combining essays and original visual art, speculative non-fiction, and other hybrid works.

The winner(s) of this contest will be offered publication with EastOver Press. Publication will include $2500 at the time of contract signing as well as other customary arrangements regarding book copies, royalties and so forth to be agreed at the time of contract signing. Finalists may also be considered for publication by the Press. 

The editors of EastOver Press will be the judges for the 2021 competition. Close friends, family members, former students, and persons well-acquainted with the judges are not eligible for consideration. The contest is limited to works in English by writers over 18 years of age. The editors reserve the right to close the contest early if the number of submissions exceeds our ability to respond to each submission in a timely manner.

The contest will open via Submittable from February 5 to May 1, 2021, and the contest winner(s) and/or finalists will be announced no later than Sept 1, 2021. A nonrefundable $20 fee is required for entry. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 125 and no more than 250 pages. Previously published collections are ineligible, though we expect that most submissions will have individual sections that were previously published. Manuscripts may be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately. Manuscripts under contract elsewhere are ineligible. 

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EastOver Prize for Fiction Manuscripts

The EastOver Prize is awarded annually to outstanding, unpublished short story collection(s) by established and emerging writers.

Award:  One winner and multiple finalists may be declared at the conclusion of the contest. The winner of this contest will be awarded $2500 and be published by EastOver Press. 

All prizes will be awarded upon successful completion of a contract for publication. Finalists in the contest may also be considered for publication by the Press.

Reading fee:  A reading fee of $20 must be paid for each entry. Reading fees are nonrefundable. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 125 and no more than 250 pages.

The contest begins February 5 and ends May 1, 2021. The editors reserve the right to close the contest early if the number of submissions exceeds our ability to respond to each submission in a timely manner.

Announcement of winner(s):  The winner(s), along with a list of finalists will be announced no later than Sept 1, 2021.

Judging:  The editors of EastOver Press will be the judges for the competition. Friends, family members, former students, and anyone well-acquainted with the judges are not eligible for consideration.

Eligibility:  The competition is open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers 18 and older who live in the United States or one of its territories.

Ineligibility: Previously published story collections, including self-published collections available in print or as an ebook, are not eligible for this contest.

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Contact Us

If you’d like to get in touch unrelated to submissions, send us an email and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.