We are now CLOSED to submissions. 

Our next reading period runs from September 1st until November 15th, 2018.

The editors strongly encourage potential contributors to familiarize themselves with Harpur Palate. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work will be considered.

Harpur Palate does not accept unsolicited email submissions. All unsolicited email submissions will be deleted unread. As of May 2016, Harpur Palate no longer accepts paper submissions. Please use our online submissions: Harpur Palate Submittable


Harpur Palate runs three contests each year: the Milton Kessler Contest for Poetry and the Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction in Winter/Spring issue, and the John Gardner Contest for Fiction in Summer/Fall issue. Submissions to the contests must be accompanied by a $15 reading fee which not only supports the contest but grants each entrant a one-year subscription. Each winner receives $500 and publication.


Fiction submissions should be no longer than 6,000 words - one longer piece or up to three flash fictions per reading period, unless otherwise noted on our website.We do not accept novel excerpts.


Creative Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words.


Send 3-5 poems per reading period; no more than 10 pages total, unless otherwise noted on our website (i.e. themed issues).


Winter issue: September 1 - November 15
Summer issue: February 1 - April 15

Response time is usually two months. Due to the large volume of work we receive, we cannot respond to questions about whether yours has been considered yet. Please note that, except for cover art, we cannot consider works by authors affiliated with Binghamton University.