Paperbark Literary Magazine

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Paperbark is closed for submissions at the moment. Please keep an eye out for our Issue 03 call for submissions, coming soon.

Issue 02: Resilience is available to purchase online here. Our theme is below:

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 Literary Magazine celebrates the resonance between the sciences and the humanities. The Magazine acknowledges the varying approaches to the work of sustainability across disciplines and aims to gather distinct voices in the collective resistance to pressures like climate change and natural, economic, and public environmental crises. Paperbark publishes written pieces and visual art that speak to an environmentalism rooted in racial and socioeconomic 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. We just ask that you use your best judgment when selecting a category. 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

Paperbark Literary Magazine