We publish poetry, short stories, and essays from new, emerging, and established writers.

Arresting language and strong story will always keep us reading.

We accept unsolicited work and publish 3 issues a year in February, June, and October.          

We seek only unpublished work and accept simultaneous submissions. (Publication includes print or digital form, including personal webpages.) Please contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Original works in English only; no translations, please. 

We accept submissions in multiple categories during a submission cycle (poetry, fiction or essays).

We are a non-paying market. 

If your work is accepted for publication, we will solicit a formal biography.  In the meantime, tell us about yourself.  We're curious people.

If you have any questions or experience difficulties, please contact us at info@birdsthumb.org.


Submit 3-5 poems per submission cycle. Single-spaced (except between stanzas). We are open to all styles with the exception of prose poems and especially appreciate voice, image, figure, and craft. 

Include all poems in a single attachment (.doc or .docx)

Submit no more than 2 stories per submission cyle. Length is 1000-5000 words, double-spaced, 12 point font.  We are open to all styles, themes, and subjects with the following exception: no genre fiction, please.  We love stories—familiar and new—with compelling characters, strong movement, and perhaps an unlikely point of view.

Send each story as an attachment. (.doc or .docx)


Submit no more than 2 essays per submission cycle. Length is 2000-5000 words, double spaced, 12 point font. We are open to all styles, themes, and subjects with the following exception: no religious or spiritual awakenings, please. We seek essays that entertain while constructing new vistas for our readers.

Send each essay as an attachment. (.doc or .docx)