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Please note that we do not publish novels.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.

Ends on June 1, 2017$17.00

Each year Gertrude Press publishes two chapbooks: one fiction and one poetry. These beautiful, perfect bound books include a unique cover in a limited press run. The winners of our annual contest will receive $200 and 25 copies.

Submit your work for consideration!

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

·       Submit 25-30 pages of poetry.

·       Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.

·       Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

·       Include a cover letter.

·       Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.

·       Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.

·       Online submission fee $17.

·       Submissions accepted beginning February 1-June 1, 2017. 

This year's judge will be Cave Canem fellow ARISA WHITE who received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah's Nest, won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award, California Book Awards, and the Wheatley Book Awards. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. She is the distinguished visiting writer in residence at Saint Mary’s College of California for the Spring 2017 semester. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury Books.

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 six 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. 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!