Note: Our 2022 Prose & Poetry Contests are now open! Read more at the appropriate forms below.


Snarl, a literary journal, seeks work from creators of marginalized identities.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know as soon as your work is accepted elsewhere. Please find specific guidelines for each genre below.

It is not necessary to submit a tip jar submission, and whether a submission is paid or free will NOT influence our decision to decline or accept a work. Tip Jar submissions help us to offset production costs and pay our contributors. Thank you!

We also accept postal submissions from incarcerated writers and those otherwise unable to submit electronically. To mail us your submission, please address it to:

Chloe Seim
PO Box 442634
Lawrence, KS 66049


Fiction and Nonfiction: Please send us one previously unpublished short story, novel excerpt, or literary essay of no more than 8,000 words. Though we have no restrictions on style, our editors tends to favor work with rich, dynamic characters and memorable language. Please submit your work in Standard Manuscript Format. Double-spaced. 12-point font. Please include your contact information and an approximate word count on the first page, as well as page numbers throughout.

Poetry: You may submit up to five previously unpublished poems at a time. Please single-space your poems and start a new page for every poem. Please include contact information on the first page of your manuscript.

We also seek book reviews, interviews, craft essays, humor writing, graphic narratives, and artwork. To submit work under these categories, please email us at snarlmagazine@gmail.com.

We aim to respond to all submissions within five months. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Eligibility: Writers residing in the US.
  • Please submit up to three previously unpublished poems per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • Submissions should be anonymous. Please do not list your name or contact information in your story document. You will have the opportunity to include a cover letter in the submission form.
  • Please format your document in a legible 12-point font, single-spaced.
  • Family, friends, and current students or colleagues of the judges are ineligible for entry.
  • Please remember, our publishing focus is on promoting and publishing the work of marginalized writers and artists. For more information, you can visit our FAQ Page. Please also feel free to reach out at snarlmagazine@gmail.com!

Our aim is to select finalists for each contest by early April and announce the winners in early May. The winner of each contest will receive $300 and publication in Snarl Issue #4: Fall 2022! All entries to the contest will be considered for publication.

You can read more about our publication and our contest judges at snarljournal.com. Thank you for submitting and good luck!

Submission Guidelines

  • Eligibility: Writers residing in the US.
  • Please submit one previously unpublished essay or story per submission. Multiple submissions are welcome.
  • Please submit an essay or story of no more than 8,000 words. For micro or flash prose (up to 1K words each), you may include three pieces in one submission.
  • You may submit multiple stories or essays to the contest, but please do so in separate submissions.
  • Submissions should be anonymous. Please do not list your name or contact information in your document. You will have the opportunity to include a cover letter in the submission form.
  • Please format your document in a legible 12-point font, double-spaced. Please number your pages. Family, friends, and current students or colleagues of the judges are ineligible for entry.
  • While we do not dismiss the merit of genre fiction, Snarl focuses on literary fiction. Work that approaches genre fiction with a literary mind is welcome, but traditional fantasy, science fiction, romance, erotica, horror, or mystery will not be a good fit for Snarl.
  • Please remember, our publishing focus is on promoting and publishing the work of marginalized writers and artists. For more information, you can visit our FAQ Page. Please also feel free to reach out at snarlmagazine@gmail.com!

Our aim is to select finalists for each contest by early April and announce the winners in early May. The winner of each contest will receive $300 and publication in Snarl Issue #4: Fall 2022! All entries to the contest will be considered for publication.

You can read more about our publication and our contest judges at snarljournal.com. Thank you for submitting and good luck!

Submit under this form if you would like the detailed feedback of our editors. For $10-$15, we will provide analysis of your piece's strengths and room for growth. Our feedback will examine how subject, style, characterization, plot, and theme operate in the story or essay. Please note that this option does not guarantee acceptance to the journal or the option to revise and resubmit.

Feedback on a piece of 4,000 words or less: $10

Feedback on a piece of 4,000 - 8,000 words: $15


Please send one previously unpublished short story, novel excerpt, or literary essay of no more than 8,000 words. Flash and micro-prose are welcome. You may send up to three pieces if they are each less than 1,000 words. Please send flash/micro in one document.

Please submit your work in Standard Manuscript Format. Double-spaced. 12-point font, and include your contact information and an approximate word count on the first page, as well as page numbers throughout. 

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

We aim to respond within five months of submission. If you have not heard from us after five months, please feel free to reach out to us in a note on your submission. Submissions will be considered for both online and print publication. We are able to offer a small honorarium for published work.

Please note: We will not accept work that perpetuates hatred toward people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, disabled people, immigrants, the impoverished, or other marginalized groups. No graphic depictions of rape, incest, or child abuse, please. We're not saying these subjects cannot be approached effectively, but we are not looking for these narratives at this time.

Thank you for your interest in our publication!

Snarl, a literary journal, seeks creative work by writers of marginalized identities. 

Please send one previously unpublished short story, novel excerpt, or literary essay of no more than 8,000 words. Flash and micro prose are welcome. You may send up to three pieces if they are all less than 1,000 words. Please send flash/micro in one document.

Though we have no restrictions on style, we tend to favor work with rich, dynamic characters and memorable language. In nonfiction, we seek lyric essays, craft essays, and topical essays dealing with issues of social justice.

Please submit your work in Standard Manuscript Format. Double-spaced. 12-point font, and include your contact information and an approximate word count on the first page, as well as page numbers throughout. 

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

We aim to respond within five months of submission. If you have not heard from us after five months, please feel free to reach out to us in a note on your submission. Submissions will be considered for both online and print publication. We are able to offer a small honorarium for published work.

Please note: We will not accept work that perpetuates hatred toward people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, disabled people, immigrants, the impoverished, or other marginalized identities. No graphic depictions of rape, incest, or child abuse, please. We're not saying these subjects cannot be approached effectively, but we are not looking for these narratives at this time.

Thank you for your interest in our publication!

Snarl, a literary journal, seeks creative work from writers of marginalized identities.

Please submit up to five previously unpublished poems at a time. Please single-space your poems and start a new page for every poem. Include contact information on the first page of your manuscript. 

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify us immediately if any of your submission is accepted elsewhere. If all of your submission is no longer available, please withdraw your submission.

We aim to respond within five months of submission. If you have not heard from us after five months, please feel free to reach out to us in a note on your submission. Submissions will be considered for both online and print publication. We are able to offer a small honorarium for published work.

Please note: We will not accept work that perpetuates hatred toward people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, disabled people, immigrants, the impoverished, or other marginalized identities. No graphic depictions of rape, incest, or child abuse, please. We're not saying these subjects cannot be approached effectively, but we are not looking for these narratives at this time.

Thank you for your interest in our publication!

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Thank you and happy reading!

Snarl: A Journal of Literature and Art