As of August 1, 2011, we no longer accept snail-mail submissions. Hard copy submissions received will be recycled or returned unread. See further guidelines below.

Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork.

Reading Periods

During 2018-2019, we will hold two submission periods for fiction and poetry: 

  • August 1 through October 31

  • January 1 through March 31

We accept nonfiction and art submissions year-round.

We will be reading for the Philip Booth Poetry Award between May 15 and August 1.

Note: Starting from 2019-2020, we will be reading for poetry and fiction from July 1 through September 30, then January 1 through March 31.

General Guidelines

Salt Hill accepts only online submissions via Submittable. Please submit your work, along with a cover letter, here.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you alert us as soon as possible if your work is placed elsewhere by either adding a note to your submission through Submittable or withdrawing the full submission.

We ask that you do not send more work until hearing back from us.

Due to the volume of submissions, we can’t respond individually to submission status queries.


Genre-Specific Guidelines

PoetryPlease submit no more than five poems at a time.

Fiction: Please do not submit works of more than 30 pages. If you would like to send a longer piece, please query us via email first:

Nonfiction: The nonfiction we are interested in pushes the boundaries of the genre, making use of the techniques of fiction and poetry to tell a true story. We want memories, arguments, meditations, revelations, philosophical rants. We want your comings out, your goings in. Send us letters, prayers, literary essays & obituaries. Give us one exquisite paragraph we’ll want to learn by heart, or take us on a 30-page journey. Salt Hill is a literary journal, so please don’t send us articles or reports. Make what is personal in your piece transcend the individual and speak to the universal. 

ArtWe are interested in 2D art—drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, documentation of 3D art, typographic art, diagrams, maps, etc. Please email low-res jpegs of your work, or links to specific pieces (not a general website) you would like to submit, to Please include a cover letter with a short biography, as well as a title/image list for all work submitted.

Ready to send us your work? Submit here!