Three separate submission windows for Issue 8 will open in early June. Please read on for specific details.

What Stanchion is Looking For

Stanchion is looking for original, never-before-published short stories (3000-ish word max), flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poems, stray thoughts, short screenplays, monologues, experimental work, interviews with inanimate objects, comics, black & white photography (vertical, portrait-oriented images are preferred), black & white drawings, black & white collage art, and other evocative images of mixed media artwork (also, you guessed it, in black and white).

There is no theme to Issue 8.

I'm reading for happy, sad, melancholic, murderous, reflective, speculative, horrific, joyful, artful, goofy, sentimental (without being sappy) -- anything and everything is on the table*. I love powerful, beautiful, energetic, unusual work, work that takes chances, writing that has something to say without beating the reader over the head with a message, work that has a soul and a beating heart, is vulnerable, and most importantly of all, is honest and 100% original.

*no abuse, rape, or violence toward women, children or animals will be tolerated or considered.

Money and Rights:

All creators who have original/never before published work accepted for publication will receive $10, one complimentary copy of that issue of Stanchion, and a discount code to order extra copies.

You retain all rights to your work. I only request that you do not republish/reuse the work again in the same quarter the issue is published. I also kindly request that you share the good news (your acceptance and the issue itself once it arrives) because word of mouth is essential to keep a small press like Stanchion going strong, but ask that you please please please do not share your entire piece in full online or on social media. Stanchion exists only in print on purpose, and I'd very much like to keep it that way, like a secret that is tangible, physical, and feels best in the hands of those who believe in it. Thank you for understanding.

What To Send:

I want to get to know you, so a brief bio is nice as are your social media handles/links. Please use your favorite standard-ish font, size 12 or thereabouts, include word count (for prose) and title your submissions: yourname_titleofpiece. Also, please send each piece in a separate document but feel free to include up to three poems in a single doc. This helps me stay organized while reading submissions. Word documents are super, but PDFs are a challenge (so try to avoid sending me those if possible).

If you are submitting to multiple publications, that's a-okay but please let me know if one of your pieces submitted to Stanchion gets accepted elsewhere. (Also, congrats in advance if/when that happens!)


Here's the most important part, because this is different from previous Stanchion submission windows.

This time around, there will be three separate and distinct submission windows for different types of work (poetry & prose poetry, non-poetry which includes flash fiction/short stories/creative-non fiction/screenplays/monologues/interviews/all other writing, visual art).

Each window will be open for 48 hours.

Please submit your work during the correct window or it will not be considered. This isn't to be cruel or to intentionally install annoying hurdles. It's because I am but one person reading and responding, and because during the last window (of just 4 days), Stanchion received over 1,000 pieces of writing. I am creating windows for poetry, non-poetry, and visual art to help me manage my reading, reacting, and responding which, in theory, will be swifter than ever.

Here are the dates for the three submission windows for Issue 8:

  • POETRY WINDOW (June 1-3)

  • NON-POETRY WINDOW (June 5-7)

  • VISUAL ART WINDOW (June 9-11)

Where To Send:

Timing of Responses:

Stanchion is a small operation with a big heart, a one person operation (hi, it's me!). I aim to respond to you with a yes please or a no thank you within a week. Issue 8 is scheduled to be published in late June 2022.


Stanchion is a safe, open place to submit your work for consideration. No matter where you're from, what you look like, or who you love, you're welcome to become a part of the Stanchion family.

Thank you for trusting Stanchion with your creativity, your art, your voice, and your work. I'll take good care of it and share it with people who will appreciate it.