Submission Guidelines

Thank you for choosing to send your work to Stirring.

We welcome simultaneous submissions. However, you must inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published work. Please refrain from sending multiple submissions to us as they will not be considered for publication. 

We request that all written work be submitted in the body of your e-mail. No attachments, please. Additionally, please include a brief third-person bio in your submission.


Waiting to hear from us?

We will try to get back to you within six months. If you have not heard from us after that time, send us a query e-mail here. If you receive an e-mail informing you that your work is being held over, it means we enjoyed your work and are holding onto it for further rounds of editorial consideration. We appreciate your patience and for trusting us with your work. 

What kind of work are we looking for?

Our goal is to elevate writing and art. We like to see creative work from all writing genres and a variety of visual art media. We are continually striving to publish underserved voices, POC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized beings. We do not consider translations or previously published pieces. We are currently not accepting books for review but would still love to read reviews you have written.

We enjoy short poems, long poems, flash fiction, memoirs, form, prose, narrative, lyrical...etc. Stirring is a journal with several editors who all contribute their individual input for each issue. The joy of Stirring is the confluence of our diverse opinions. Of course, keeping up with Stirring, as well as reading a few of our previous issues will give you the best idea of what we are looking for in written work. Visual art submissions may range from images of your 2-D work or 3-D pieces. We are open to select 4-D or video art submissions if they suit our needs. We are drawn to art reflecting the personal experience. Feel free to contact us with questions.

Before submitting, please carefully read the information below. 

Book Reviews

Up to 700 words
sent via e-mail to
Katie Culligan at


Up to (5) poems
sent via e-mail to
Luci Brown at


Up to 5,000 words
sent via e-mail to
Shaun Turner at


Up to 5,000 words
sent via e-mail to
Gabe Montesanti at


Between (5) and (10) individual files
attached and/or a link to your portfolio
sent via e-mail to
Stephanie Phillips at


So, you're getting published with Stirring....

Congratulations and thanks for submitting!

All we ask is that we obtain First Serial Rights of your work during the time it appears on our website's current issue. When the new quarterly issue goes up, the rights revert back to you, the author or artist. We also hold the right to re-print your piece in any future issues of Stirring or any print anthologies backed by Sundress