Paperbark is seeking works on the theme of Resilience.  Submitters of underrepresented identities are strongly encouraged to send pieces. 

To us, resilience is a commitment to the act of survival. A reverence for our Emergence and a will to carry on. This is our becoming, our unwinding, our chance to show how we are under pressure.  We are all under pressure, here. Here, we work to recognize harm and to unlearn its violent boundaries. We work to grow in tune with symbiosis, equity, and truth telling. Here, we honor what is daring, what dwells in liminality, what is strengthened through multiplicity. This work is unafraid insofar as it embraces the fear involved in the work of living. We look to narratives that are timely, that live through and with trauma, that are malleable and potentially still forming. This work is bold. This work is boundless. 


Paperbark is rooted in themes of stewardship, innovation, and possibility, and we want our content to be motivated by a desire to trace the connections between science, culture, and sustainability. We strive to illuminate the impacts of human society while nurturing our intrinsic capacity to catalyze positive change and represent the voices of all who are involved in and impacted by the currents we seek to explore and elucidate. A core principle of our mission is justice. We support the creative expression and communication of narratives by underrepresented voices.

Paperbark’s content is not arranged by genre, but instead thematically (with example categories such as “reflections” or “radical notions”). Hybrid pieces are welcome, as we acknowledge it can be limiting to feel confined to a genre. Still, we ask that you use your best judgment when selecting a category. All submissions are read by the same group of readers, so don’t fret too much—we will see it regardless of the category you choose, but it makes our lives easier to have similar submissions grouped. Please submit to only one category per submission period. 

*Please make sure you upload multiple files to a single submission, not separately.*

Poems should be in one document. Art submissions will allow multiple files to be uploaded under one submission.

If you need to withdraw all or part of a submission, please do so through Submittable. If your work is selected elsewhere, withdraw your work via Submittable.

Full guidelines can be found on our website

Visual art and design, as well as any multimedia works can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as file types Submittable allows as one submission. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version to be printed.

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

Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication can be submitted under this category. We accept submissions up to 3000 words. Please only submit sections of a longer work if it stands alone as a piece.

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