Submission Guidelines

Paperbark lives at the confluence of text and image, science and art. We believe in the obligations of a liveable future nurtured through collaboration across generations and fields of thought. Rooted in stewardship and creative possibility, Paperbark gathers stories of ecologies in crisis—as well as stories of life’s flourishing intricacies.

Please Note: We do not consider work from current graduate students in any program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; however, undergraduates and alumni are welcome to submit.

SUBMISSION WINDOW FOR PRINT ISSUE 04: June 24, 2022 - October 1, 2022

We accept submissions through Submittable during our reading period only. No late submissions will be considered.

Please use standard fonts and page numbers where applicable. You should also include a brief, third-person biography in the "Cover Letter" section on Submittable, to be featured online upon acceptance.

We aim to respond to all submissions within four weeks. If you have not heard from us after one month, please query.  If work must be withdrawn, please do so directly through Submittable.

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GENRE GUIDELINES

Paperbark only considers work which engages with environmental themes. Please submit to only one category per submission period, unless more work has been specifically requested by an editor

We welcome translated works, so long as the author has given permission for the work to be translated and published. If submitting a translation (either prose or poetry), please note this in the cover letter section, and include a brief biography of the original author (in addition to your own) and indicate that the original author has given permission. 

Please Note: We do not consider work from current graduate students in any program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; however, undergraduates and alumni are welcome to submit.

POETRY

Submit up to 6 poems. Give us your elegies, your experiments, anything lineated (or not).

PROSE

Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication can be submitted under this category. We limit submissions to 5,000 words. Works should be double-spaced. Please only submit sections of a longer work if it stands alone as a piece. If submitting flash pieces (<1000 words), up to three pieces may be submitted at a time.

ART

Visual art and design, video, as well as any other multimedia works can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as filetypes Submittable allows. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version. If so inclined, feel free to submit an artist’s statement (<500 words), relating to the piece(s) submitted to be considered for publication alongside the artwork.

QUESTIONS?

Email submissions@paperbarkmag.org with any questions regarding the above. Do not send unsolicited work here—we only read submissions through Submittable.

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Submission Guidelines

Paperbark is rooted in themes of stewardship, innovation, and possibility. We seek to make connections between and examine the intersections of science, culture and sustainability. Through the pieces in this magazine, we seek to illuminate humanity’s impact on the natural world while nurturing art’s intrinsic capacity to catalyze positive change.

A core principle of our mission is justice, embodied in the movements of the social, environmental, political, economic, and climate spheres. We support the creative expression and communication of such experiences, and especially encourage submissions from underrepresented communities or voices.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: June 24 - October 1, 2022.

Please note: We accept submissions through Submittable during our reading period. No late submissions will be considered.

Please use standard fonts and page numbers where applicable. You should also include a brief third-person biography in the "Cover Letter" section on Submittable, to be featured in the magazine upon acceptance.

For the upcoming issue, we aim to respond to all submissions as soon as possible, with a maximum of three months. If you have not heard from us after three months, please query.

GENRE GUIDELINES

Paperbark’s content is first and foremost judged by relation to its mission statement and the piece's clear connection with environmental themes.

POETRY

Submit up to 6 poems, not exceeding 10 pages. Give us your elegies, your experiments, anything lineated (or not) that engages with environmental themes.

PROSE

Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication that engage with environmental themes can be submitted under this category. We accept submissions up to 5,000 words. Works should be double-spaced. Please only submit sections of a longer work if they stand alone as a piece.

ART

Visual art and design, as well as any multimedia works that engage with environmental themes, can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as filetypes Submittable allows. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version to be printed.

QUESTIONS?

Email submissions@paperbarkmag.org with any questions regarding the above. Do not send unsolicited work here—we only read submissions through Submittable.

Submission Guidelines

Paperbark is rooted in themes of stewardship, innovation, and possibility. We seek to make connections between and examine the intersections of science, culture and sustainability. Through the pieces in this magazine, we seek to illuminate humanity’s impact on the natural world while nurturing art’s intrinsic capacity to catalyze positive change.

A core principle of our mission is justice, embodied in the movements of the social, environmental, political, economic, and climate spheres. We support the creative expression and communication of such experiences, and especially encourage submissions from underrepresented communities or voices.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: June 24 - October 1, 2022.

Please note: We accept submissions through Submittable during our reading period. No late submissions will be considered.

Please use standard fonts and page numbers where applicable. You should also include a brief third-person biography in the "Cover Letter" section on Submittable, to be featured in the magazine upon acceptance.

For the upcoming issue, we aim to respond to all submissions as soon as possible, with a maximum of three months. If you have not heard from us after three months, please query.

GENRE GUIDELINES

Paperbark’s content is first and foremost judged by relation to its mission statement and the piece's clear connection with environmental themes.

POETRY

Submit up to 6 poems, not exceeding 10 pages. Give us your elegies, your experiments, anything lineated (or not) that engages with environmental themes.

PROSE

Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication that engage with environmental themes can be submitted under this category. We accept submissions up to 5,000 words. Works should be double-spaced. Please only submit sections of a longer work if they stand alone as a piece.

ART

Visual art and design , as well as any multimedia works that engage with environmental themes, can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as filetypes Submittable allows. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version to be printed.

QUESTIONS?

Email submissions@paperbarkmag.org with any questions regarding the above. Do not send unsolicited work here—we only read submissions through Submittable.

Submission Guidelines

Paperbark is rooted in themes of stewardship, innovation, and possibility. We seek to make connections between and examine the intersections of science, culture and sustainability. Through the pieces in this magazine, we seek to illuminate humanity’s impact on the natural world while nurturing art’s intrinsic capacity to catalyze positive change.

A core principle of our mission is justice, embodied in the movements of the social, environmental, political, economic, and climate spheres. We support the creative expression and communication of such experiences, and especially encourage submissions from underrepresented communities or voices.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: June 24 - October 1, 2022.

Please note: We accept submissions through Submittable during our reading period. No late submissions will be considered.

Please use standard fonts and page numbers where applicable. You should also include a brief third-person biography in the "Cover Letter" section on Submittable, to be featured in the magazine upon acceptance.

For the upcoming issue, we aim to respond to all submissions as soon as possible, with a maximum of three months. If you have not heard from us after three months, please query through Submittable.

GENRE GUIDELINES

Paperbark’s content is first and foremost judged by relation to its mission statement and the piece's clear connection with environmental themes.

POETRY

Submit up to 6 poems, not exceeding 10 pages. Give us your elegies, your experiments, anything lineated (or not) that engages with environmental themes.

PROSE

Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication that engage with environmental themes can be submitted under this category. We accept submissions up to 5,000 words. Works should be double-spaced. Please only submit sections of a longer work if they stand alone as a piece.

ART

Visual art and design , as well as any multimedia works that engage with environmental themes, can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as filetypes Submittable allows. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version to be printed.

QUESTIONS?

Email submissions@paperbarkmag.org with any questions regarding the above. Do not send unsolicited work here—we only read submissions through Submittable.

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