Please read our Feedback FAQ page before submitting!

Submissions for our debut Spring 2021 issue are closed. But we’re looking forward to receiving your submissions for our second issue in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to familiarize yourself with our guidelines!

Our goals:

  • To publish work we enjoy as both writers and readers.
  • To provide feedback with every rejection (and likely with acceptances as well, describing what we liked). Again, we are not experts. You are in no way required to agree with or use any of our suggestions.
  • To respond within 3-4 weeks. If for some reason you do not receive a reply within this time frame, we apologize. We have not forgotten you, and we will respond as soon as we can.

What we’re looking for:

While reading submissions, we look for work that utilizes concrete imagery and details. We cannot emphasize this more. If you prefer not to include these in your work, we recommend submitting to another journal.

All submissions: There is no fee to submit. Send your work to as a .doc or .docx attachment. Please put the category of your submission and your name in the subject line. Do not put your name on your actual submission as we judge blind.

Provide a brief cover letter with the title(s) of your work(s), your preferred name, and a small bio with references to no more than three previous publications (if applicable).

For example:

Poetry: Send 1 poem in a single document. Make sure that we are able to discern the poem’s title, beginning, and end within the document.

Creative Nonfiction: Send 1-2 pieces in a single document. Each piece should be no longer than 2,000 words.

Craft Essays: Send 1-2 essays related to the craft of writing (e.g. your personal process, your analysis of the craft of a particular poem, essay, or author, etc.)

We accept work published on your personal blog or social media page, but do not send us work previously published elsewhere. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted by another outlet!

By submitting to The Arachne Review, you grant us First Serial Rights (the right to publish your work on our site), Archival Rights (the right to archive your work), and Electronic Rights (the right to publish your work on our social media pages). You will always be credited as the author, and we will gladly link back to your author page if it is provided to us.


We are unable to pay contributors at the moment. If this changes at any point in the future, we will promptly let you know through our main social media pages.