Deadline: March 31, 2022

Entry: FREE

About the contest

Submissions for Yellow Arrow Journal’s Vol. VII, No. 1 issue (spring 2022) on UpSpring is open from now until March 31.

Do you have creative nonfiction, poetry, or cover art you would like to share? Join our newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date information about submissions and Yellow Arrow Publishing.

If selected, you will receive $10.00USD and a PDF of the journal issue. Note that payments are through PayPal; while we try to accommodate those that do not have a PayPal account, this is not always possible, especially for people outside of the U.S. Thank you for understanding.

We receive many wonderful submissions but have limited room in each issue. Please do not be discouraged if your submission is not accepted or you miss the deadline—there will be more opportunities available to you in the future.

We are grateful that you would like to share your story with us and our readers.

Any questions? Email [email protected].

How to enter

  • Accepted submissions include creative nonfiction and poetry by authors that identify as women (cover art guidelines follow below).

  • Submissions must relate to the theme of UpSpring as interpreted by the author, using the following guiding questions:

    • Have you been raised by a community/communities that led to your own upspring?

    • Can a group or community upspring together? What kind of awakening might be needed for this to happen?

    • What upspring(s) have you brought into being? For someone or something else? Tell us about something or someone you raised.

    • What upsprings (in nature, in society, in your communities) have inspired an awakening?

  • Creative nonfiction (1 submission per author per issue) must be between 500 and 5,000 words. Poetry (up to 2 poems per author per issue, grouped into a single document) may be any length.

  • Submissions do not need to be in English but must include an English translation.

  • No previously published work will be accepted at this time—this includes all printed and online material; simultaneous submissions are okay but please let us know when you send in your submission(s) and if a submission is published elsewhere in the interim, email [email protected] immediately.


  • Cover art (1 submission per artist per issue) can be a painting, drawing, print, photo, graphic design, comic, or anything else that can be dreamed up by artists that identify as women, as related to the theme/guiding questions.

  • Artists must own all rights to the work submitted—if published or shown previously, artists must be able to list where and when.

  • If chosen, the artist must be able to supply the artwork at a resolution no lower than 300 dpi and at a size of 8 ½ x 11 cm, as a .jpeg/.jpg or .tiff/.tif.


To submit to this issue, send an email to [email protected] and include:

  • Subject: Vol. #, No. # Theme – a type of submission [nonfiction, poetry, or cover art] (required)

  • Your full name (and name you would want Yellow Arrow to use), age, nationality, and current city/state/country of residence (required)

  • Our writers and readers come from all walks of life and so do we. We are taking steps across our portfolio to increase representation and give greater visibility to the voices of underrepresented women-identifying storytellers. If you are comfortable doing so, please share with us which underrepresented communities you identify with that may make you uniquely positioned to connect with a particular group of readers (optional)

  • Where you heard about us (optional)

  • For cover art submissions, a list of past publications/exhibits (required, if applicable).

Authors/artists should only submit one type of submission per issue; no agents.

Note that submissions are blindly reviewed in-house; the information you provide above is used only to better understand the composition of our audience.

Attach your submission to your email. Accepted files for creative nonfiction and poetry submissions include .doc/.docx, .rtf, or .pdf—use minimal document styling and do not include identifying information (only within your email). Accepted files for cover art include .jpeg/.jpg, .tiff/.tif, .gif, .eps, or .psd—a low resolution is preferable at this time.

By sending your submission you agree to the following statements:

  • You are a writer or artist who identifies as a woman

  • You have completely read and submitted within the guidelines.

Due to the volume of submissions and the nature of our submission process, authors/artists will not receive an email confirming receipt of submission. Rather, all who submit within the guidelines, whether accepted to the next issue or not, will receive an email after submissions have closed—please do not email us to inquire about a submission.

Read the full guideline here.

VoW Research
Author: VoW Research

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