Gertrude accepts submissions from new and established writers and artists. Subject matter need not be LGBTQ-specific and we welcome writers and artists from all backgrounds. We do not accept previously published work. 

Please note that we do not publish novels. We read chapbook manuscripts ONLY through our annual competition.

The journal is on-line only. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and all forms of art for the journal. Please contact for book review and interview pitches.

Submit work double-spaced in 12-point font. Because we are an on-line journal, we lean toward shorter material - and are open to pieces up to 3,000 words. Please include a word count in your cover letter.

We like dark work as well as work that makes us laugh; experimental forms and traditional narratives. It just has to be AMAZING, especially considering that less than 3% of what is submitted is accepted. As long as the genre is also literary, we are open to sc-fi, mystery, crime, or other categories. In general, though, we don't like to read work that involves violence toward children or animals or rape scenes. 

We do not accept previously published work. For more info on what we are looking for, read our DUOTROPE interview here.

Submit one to two pieces, double-spaced, up to 3000 words, of any subject matter in any CNF form: essay, memoir, etc. Please include a word count for each piece in your cover letter.

For Book Reviews and Interviews, please query the editor by email at with your proposal.

Submit up to five poems of any subject matter. There is no line limit; however, poems less than 40 lines are preferable since we are now an on-line journal.  Submit all poems in a single PDF or MS Word document.  Please read our back issues to get familiar with our tastes.

Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific; we welcome writers from all backgrounds. We accept simultaneous submissions because life is too short. 

Gertrude showcases one visual artist on the cover of each annual chapbook. We will also be featuring art as galleries on our website. Please upload images or include links to website URLs in your submissions. 

Work need not be LGBTQ in nature. We appreciate a full range of art, from installations to cartoons to video to multi-media and traditional 2D and look forward to seeing your work!