Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork. 

Reading Periods

Note: we will be opening submissions for Issue 48 in mid January. 

We have two submission periods for fiction and poetry: 

  • July through September
  • January through March

We accept nonfiction, book reviews, and art submissions year-round. 

We will read for the Philip Booth Poetry Prize in Fall 2022.

General Guidelines

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you alert us as soon as possible if your work is placed elsewhere by either adding a note to your submission through Submittable or withdrawing the full submission.

We ask that you do not send more work until hearing back from us.

Due to the volume of submissions, we can’t respond individually to submission status queries.

Genre-Specific Guidelines

Poetry: Please submit no more than five poems at a time.

Fiction/Nonfiction: Please do not submit works of more than 30 pages, double-spaced.  We accept multiple flash pieces, so long as their combined length does not exceed 30 pages 

Book Reviews: We accept reviews between 600 and 1500 words for publication on our website. See genre guidelines for more details.

Art: We are interested in 2D art—drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, documentation of 3D art, typographic art, diagrams, maps, etc. Please email low-res jpegs of your work, or links to specific pieces (not a general website) you would like to submit, to Please include a cover letter with a short biography, as well as a title/image list for all work submitted.

Banner image: Erin Loree, "The In-Between", from Salt Hill 45

We will begin to publish book reviews on our website very soon. (Please note: We do not publish book reviews in our print issues.)

Reviews should be between 600 and 1500 words, on books published up to two years before the submission date, or on forthcoming books. 

We would prefer reviews of small press titles—chapbooks, poetry collections, novels, story collections, memoirs, essay collections, hybrid work, or something else! 

Reviewers should cite the title, author, place of publication and publisher, year, number of pages, and price of the book or books in the review. For example: North American Stadiums. By Grady Chambers. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2018. 112 pp. $22. You should also include a link to the publisher's website for purchase.

We aim to respond to review submissions within three weeks of receipt. Reviews are subject to editorial suggestions. 

We accept a wide-range of creative nonfictions. Currently, we are especially interested in memoir and essay forms. Please do not send us work that exceeds 30 pages before querying us first. We only print previously unpublished work. Please do not send more work until you have received a response from us.

We allow simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your work if it's accepted elsewhere.

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