We will open for submissions of cover art, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from March 1 to April 15.  

Submissions for ekphrastic writing for our special issue: Ecotopia: A Speculative Visual Art & Creative Writing Collaboration will run from February 15 to May 15. The art meant to inspire these ekphrastic works can be found on our home page

Our John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction submissions will also open February 15 to April 15

Please consult our online issues or purchase an issue of Harpur Palate to see what sorts of submissions our editors like. Please note that, except for cover art and our undergraduate contests, we cannot accept submissions from authors currently affiliated with Binghamton University, nor from authors who have graduated Binghamton University within the past five years.

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Ecotopia is a themed and interdisciplinary collaborative art project that will be exhibited in a special issue online in 2023. Currently, Harpur Palate is looking for poetic and hybrid ekphrastic responses to one or more of the visual pieces on our homepage, “FLOURISH,” “Horizon,” and “Making Time for the Ocean.” 

Ideally, the written works could convey an optimistic, yet realistic, speculation for the deep future, where humans coexist peacefully and sustainably with the more-than-human world. The goal is to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to discussions necessary when locating ourselves and our communities within the context of a pressing global issue, as we share a bright ethos of our futures, while embracing acceptable emotions and conversation norms like hope, excitement, and progress.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submit up to 3 poems or hybrid pieces for consideration, no more than 6 pages total, with individual pieces being less than 500 words each
  • We define hybrid as any mixture of poetry, prose, drama, or nonfiction
  • In the cover letter section of Submittable, please include a third-person bio (<50 words) and your social media handles
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, please send us a prompt note if your work has been accepted elsewhere

This open call for ekphrasis will run until May 15. After this, Cole Depuy, editor of this special issue, will select a small number of pieces to present alongside the artworks on our website.

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Fiction submissions should be no longer than 4,500 words. Flash stories cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one fiction submission per reading period. We can accept up to three flash pieces per submission. We prefer scene-driven stories that are strange, off-kilter, and sometimes ruthless. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us immediately should your piece be accepted elsewhere.

Aesthetic statement from Fiction Co-Editors Samia Ahmed and Alycia Calvert: "For long form fiction we are interested in both traditional literary fiction and experimental fiction. We especially like fiction with well rounded characters who take us on journey’s that linger. For flash fiction we look for brevity, stories that unapologetically rearrange our understanding, and use the most beautiful language doing it. We also value inclusivity and hope to publish work informed by a diverse range of perspectives and experiences."


Creative nonfiction submissions should be no longer than 5,500 words. Flash essays cannot exceed 1,000 words each. Please send no more than one CNF submission per reading period, either as a single essay or up to three flash essays. We prefer narrative nonfiction from diverse voices, and welcome hybrid and experimental forms. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

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We accept submissions of 1-3 poems per reading period–no more than 5 pages total. Please send no more than one poetry submission per reading period. We prefer poems with a strong lyric voice and sense of urgency. Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you withdraw your piece immediately should it be accepted elsewhere.

Aesthetic statement from Co-Editors Cole Depuy and Rachel Stempel:

We’re looking for poems that push against social norms which block hyperconfession and raw emotion, ones in deep conversation with the personal and public and how they collapse into one another. We love hybridity, diversity and philosophical endeavors contrasted with sharp physicality. We’re seeking disjunction with intention. Make us laugh, and make that laughter guttural. Our opinion may not be correct, but it is final. Do send us the edgiest poems you’re fearful of submitting elsewhere.



Short story submissions should be previously unpublished and shorter than 4,500 words. You may enter as many stories as you wish. The entry fee is $19 per story. Include name, address, phone number, email and story title in the provided cover letter space in the online form (separate from your submitted file). Remove all identifying information from the manuscript file you upload.

All submissions will be considered for publication. Please be advised that we do not accept submissions from anyone affiliated with Binghamton University, past or present.

 The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the following issue of Harpur Palate.

  Opens: February 15
Deadline: April 15

This is NOT a submission category. If you'd like to submit your work, please chose the appropriate category below during our reading period.

This category is for back issues only
. Our current issue is available through our subscription category.

Back issues are $8 per copy. The extra $1 included here is for Submittable fees. Please specify in the cover letter box which issue you'd like, where you'd like it sent, and to whom it should be addressed.
*Please note that issues 11.2 and 13.1 are no longer available*

Thank you for your interest in Harpur Palate! As always, thank you for your support and we hope to read work from you soon.
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Harpur Palate welcomes cover art submissions for our online issue. Although we no longer publish in print, we love having a cover image for each new issue.  All styles are welcome here! We encourage you to study recent issues for a sense of size and space considerations. We promote all of our cover artists permanently on our website, as well as in our social media channels. 

All material must be original to the submitter.  All submissions will be kept on file for future consideration.  It is the responsibility of the artist to withdraw the submission if it is no longer available.  

Submit up to two images as .pdf, .jpg, or .png files (1 submission per artist, per reading period).

Specs and specifics: 

  • our last 3 covers have adhered to an aspect ratio of 0.69:1, and images will be made to fit that aspect ratio for consistency across our platforms
  • we can only accept high quality images (minimum 72 dpi for web publication)
  • the cover art we choose will only be altered to fit our cover's aspect ratio, as well as adding Harpur Palate and the issue number. 
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