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We’re seeking creative non-fiction, fiction, art, and photography that explores the ways in which human animals, non-human animals, and plants have created, adapted to, and thrived in cities. We are particularly keen to publish works that explore nature in cities that have not been as widely represented in the urban nature canon. So, whilst we’ll happily consider pieces about New York, Chicago, and London, we’ll be ecstatic to read your submissions from Sheffield, Calgary, Nairobi, and Chennai!

Upcoming calls for submissions

Issue 3 – Sky

Issue 3 will explore the theme ‘sky’. Whether it’s light pollution, the weather, or bird flight, look up and tell us what you see. Have you experienced a fierce storm or stopped to appreciate a sunset over the city? Perhaps you’ve had the chance to witness the city from above, how did it shape the way you think about the city and nature? We can’t wait to see what you do with this theme! The submission period for this issue is 1 December 2019 – 29 February 2020.

Issue 4 – Fauna 

Cities are becoming increasingly rich with animal life: rats, pigeons, sparrows, squirrels, and raccoons, but also peregrines, herons, coyotes, and bobcats. Whether you’ve come face-to-face with an urban animal, or simple seen evidence of its presence, we want to see your artwork and photography and read your stories! Although cities are often more accepting of their wild fauna, many are still seen as pests, we’d love to see submissions that explore the complexities of animals in the city. The submission period for this issue is 1 May 2020 – 31 July 2020.

Note: please do not send submissions outside of the submission windows, they will be deleted.

General submission guidelines

Stonecrop Review accepts five types of submissions: Creative Non-Fiction, Fiction, Reader’s Corner, Artwork, Photography.

Please note: we are fine with simultaneous submissions, just let us know in your email and inform us if your piece gets published elsewhere in the mean time. We are only interested in pieces that have not previously been published elsewhere. If your piece has been significantly revised (e.g. a short blog post has been expanded into a longer essay) we may consider it, but please let us know in your email and send a link to the previous publication. If you are not successful in this submission window, we encourage you to submit again, but please submit a different piece! 

Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction

We’re looking for creative pieces that include your voice, so no nonfiction (e.g. scientific papers, biographies etc).

  • We welcome pieces of between 500 to 5000 words in length
  • Please submit word documents in 12 pt, Time New Roman, double spaced
  • Please use your name as the name of the file e.g. Leonard_Dubkin.doc
  • Include a short 50 word, third-person biography and a photo of yourself with your submission
  • Depending on the length of your piece we will accept up to 3 submissions per submission period, as long as the total word count does not exceed 5000 words
  • Email submission to: stonecrop.review@gmail.com

Reader’s Corner

Tell us about a book you’ve read that inspired or changed how you think about urban nature. We’re not looking for book reviews here, but personal essays. Tell us a bit about the book, then tell us how it impacted you. Was the location or time in your life that you read it significant? Did you read it in childhood and revisit it as an adult? Take us on your reading journey.

  • Maximum 1000 words
  • Please submit word documents in 12 pt, Time New Roman, double spaced
  • Please use your name as the name of the file e.g. Leonard_Dubkin.doc
  • Include a short 50 word, third-person biography and a photo of yourself with your submission
  • Only one submission per submission period please
  • Email submission to: stonecrop.review@gmail.com

Artwork and Photography

We welcome photography and visual artwork in any medium that explores or touches on urban ecologies. You can send us a single artwork or a series of up to 10 pieces. For photography, we accept photo essays only. Please include a word file with your submission, with the text to accompany the photos and indicate where each photo would appear in the text. We will consider a single photo if you think it would be suitable as a cover image, please let us know in your submission email.

  • Send low res files (20MB). If your submission is accepted, we will ask you to send higher resolution files.
  • No more than 10 files per submission.
  • Submit files in png, jpg or tiff format
  • Please use your name as the name of the file e.g. Leonard_Dubkin.jpeg. Number each consecutive file e.g. Leonard_Dubkin1.jpeg
  • Include a short 50 word, third-person biography and a photo of yourself with your submission.
  • Only one submission (of max 10 images) per submission period please.
  • Email submission to: stonecrop.review@gmail.com

Honorarium

Every contributor receives an honorarium of $20. We also endeavor to promote your work through our website and social media. We hope to form lasting partnerships with our writers and artists and hope that you will become a regular contributor.