​We're using Submittable to receive your poetry, creative nonfiction and photography submissions (see link at bottom of the page); and our subscription there only allows for 100 free submissions. After 100 entries, submitters will be asked to pay a fee of $5.00.

Be sure you read the guidelines below. We do not read a submission if it doesn't follow the guidelines. Also, to make sure we give space for others, we do not publish work from someone more than twice in one year.


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We're marking our 2021 as The Grief Series. Our themes are inspired by the Kubler-Ross Stages of Grief, and whereas each quarter focuses on a particular stage, we are not expecting every submission to deal with grief. Instead, we are looking for writing and photography about "denial" and later "anger," etc. This can be related to grief or not. We also are mindful that though we are calling the complete year, "The Grief Series," to capstone the year as we make waves as a result of 2020, everyone has their own timing and process to grief, and we are in no way suggesting that grief is linear. Our hope is that we, collectively, are moved and inspired by art that allows us to be transparent and vulnerable and alive to the messiness and uncertainty of life, and through that we find both our footing and our way forward. To read more about the inspiration behind this year's theme, see the "First Look" column in our Winter 2020 issue, by our publisher, Jacinta V. White, here



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Poetry & Creative Nonfiction (memoir, essays, blog post) Guidelines

  • We receive submissions via Submittable only. We do not accept submissions via email or after the submission deadline. 

  • Due to the high level of submissions, we are moving to publishing a writer's poetry and/or CNF piece no more than twice a year. So, if we've published you twice in one year, please wait until the next year for consideration.

  • We ask for no more than one poetry submission of 1-3 poems (one poem per page and no more than 5 pages) or one creative nonfiction submission of up to 2,500 words and in English only. Due to time constraints, we will not read your submission if it's over the limit.

  • We accept simultaneous submission. We respond within two months. Please keep this in mind as you consider simultaneous submissions.  

  • Poems and creative nonfiction should be 12pt text; set in Courier, Arial, Times New Roman (double space creative nonfiction).

  • We consider new and previously published work on the theme of healing (emotional, physical, spiritual, community, etc.).

  • Please tell us, if your piece was previously published and you own the rights, where and when it first appeared so we can note that.

  • Please use our online submission portal to withdraw submissions. We really appreciate if you do this as soon as you know a submission is no longer available for publication.

  • We believe a writer should have full control of their work, so all copyright and publication rights remain with the writer at all times. However, we appreciate exclusive publication rights for three months after the issue has been published to ensure maximum impact. And that if your piece appears in Snapdragon Journal before any others that you acknowledge that in any subsequent publications.​

Photography Guidelines

We're looking to profile one photographer in each issue. Send us your work and, if selected, it will appear throughout an issue. And there will be a page dedicating to sharing with our readers who you are. Send 15-20 images -- NO WORDS/POETRY with the photos -- cropped at 4 x 6, 4 x 4 or 5 x 4, all at 200 dpi resolution through our Submittable site.

And what makes the best submissions? 

  • Your photographs do not have to fit the theme but we would like some to.

  • Photos that are unique in lighting or angles.

  • Show us what we may not otherwise see.

  • Bring us into the moment of the subject.

  • Photos of pets/animals or people aren't the best. If you send up photos with people make sure they are diverse or extremely artistic and mood shifting; and that you have their permission for us to publish the photos..

  • We're looking for photographs that tell a story.

_Bones, Stones & Words_ -- Snapdragon Jo

As of now, Contributors receive:

1) a free online issue in which their work appears,
2) one comp issue for a friends if they send us the email addresses (we won't contact them for any other reason), 
3) listing on our website with a link to their website,
4) first dibs on our writing retreats, and
5) our deepest appreciation.

We are not able, at this time, to pay contributors. All of the money we receive from subscribers and members goes directly to our technical maintenance (website, LucidPress, Submittable, etc. --  we do not get paid). Therefore we ask that you NOT share the link to the full journal once it's published (you may share the cover photo, a screenshot of only your poem, and/or link the website.) Thanks for your support!