Birdcoat Quarterly pays its writers and artists. We are currently able to pay $20 per poem and $25 per essay, and we hope to be able to raise that amount in the near future.

We welcome submissions that blur genre and play with form, experiment with compression or expansion, use language in surprising ways, and bring attention to subject matter of contemporary urgency or uncommon interest. We especially love work that is tender, weird, and wild, hard-hitting and incisive, clear-sighted and daring. Stun us, wound us, share your gifts, or keep us warm—send us work that is unapologetically yours.

We only accept submissions through Submittable, and you can access our submissions manager here. We are currently open for submissions. Our submission fee is a standard $3 and is used completely to run the journal and pay contributors.

We take submissions of up to six poems in a single document and lyric essays of up to 5,000 words. We only considered previously unpublished work and request First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert back to the author/artist upon publication.

All accepted work is published in our online quarterly issues, and considered for inclusion in our biannual print anthology.

Submissions for our fourth annual book contest, through our sister project Ghost Peach Press, are now open. More information about the contest can be found under the Press tab.