General Guidelines:

Tupelo Quarterly accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual and mixed-media art.

How to send work

All submissions must come through Submittable. We do not accept any hardcopy submissions. All our open calls are listed there with specific details relevant to each opportunity. Please read the guidelines for each category carefully. If no categories appear, that means the reading period is closed. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us immediately at if the work is placed elsewhere. Submissions may not be changed after entry. We do not accept previously published material.


Submittable sends automated confirmations of receipt, and we will use Submittable to accept or decline all work. Beyond these notifications, kindly refrain from requesting an individual response to confirm receipt of your submission, contest entry fee payment, or status in a contest. Our turnaround for submissions is approximately three months for any given issue of the journal.

Ethical Guidelines

Tupelo Quarterly endorses and abides by the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), which can be reviewed here.

Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Content:

We generally do not accept writing or translations generated with AI software because Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly are venues for intentional and thoughtful human creativity. If your work quotes lines generated by AI software (for example, with a reference to another text or published work), you must clearly acknowledge any intellectual borrowing. We understand and appreciate that some interesting creative work is being done that explores and exploits these technologies, but we will only consider such work if it explicitly acknowledges the means by which it was generated.


If Tupelo Quarterly publishes your work, we ask for 1st serial rights and acknowledgement if the work later appears elsewhere. We also ask to retain the option to include the work in a print anthology, The Best of Tupelo Quarterly, if the editors select it for the book. Authors/artists retain copyright.


Each month, Tupelo Quarterly will update its Reviews page with criticism that explores compelling, innovative and diverse works of new poetry, fiction and nonfiction. If you would like to submit a review, please see Submittable for guidelines.

General Contest Guidelines:

Tupelo Quarterly invites submissions every year for our Poetry Open Prize, with our final judge to be announced at a later date. Tupelo Quarterly‘s editors seek to cultivate a diverse and expansive vision of what poetry can be. With that in mind, our contest is open to all forms and styles of poetry. Please submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems of any sensibility.

Finalists and Semifinalists will be selected by Tupelo Quarterly‘s editorial team, and all work will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us immediately at contactTQ (at) tupelopress (dot) org if a poem is placed elsewhere. Attach all poems in your submission as a single document in .doc, .docx or .pdf form and send through our submissions manager.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $500.


Thank you for your participation and your support of Tupelo Quarterly.

We look forward to reading your work!