Submissions are OPEN now through January 31st, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Theme for Issue 4: ANCESTORS

We want you to interpret this theme as creatively as you can. Who and where do you come from? Who or where does your poetry come from? Tell us about the origins of your own story or of your writing. Who inspires you? Who supports you? Who came before to pave a path for your poetry? If you are prone to writing poetry “under the influence” of the greats, now is the time to submit those poems! We are hoping for work that tells us about your culture, your family, your traditions, your history. And of course, we are looking to be pleasantly surprised by any creative interpretations of the theme that you want to throw our way.


Please submit your poetry and art via email to

Send 3-5 poems as a single Word (.doc or .docx) attachment. Please start each poem on a new page. Unless crucial to the poem, all work should be in Times New Roman, point 12 font. Send us up to 5 art pieces as .tiff, .jpeg, or .pdf attachments. Do not include your name or contact information in the documents.

Instead, please send a brief bio of up to 50 words in the body of your email. Include your name, your email, and links to your website and/or social media (if desired). For the subject line of your email, write: “Poetry Submission” or “Art Submission.” Each submitter is welcome to submit to both the art and poetry categories. Please include all submissions in one email. If you decide to submit to both categories, write "Poetry/Art Submission" in the subject line.

If submitting multiple poems with corresponding artwork, please send all poems in a single .doc/.docx file and each artwork as its own .tiff, .jpeg, or .pdf file. Then, please note in your email which piece of art corresponds with which poem.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, though please send us a message ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work here, though we love reading your Instagram poems on @lastleavesmag.

Please only send one submission per issue and wait until the next reading period to submit again. We hope to respond to each submission within two months. As with most literary magazines, we’re volunteers and doing our best. Please be patient.

For more information on what we publish, check out our editor interviews here and here.

Authors published in our magazine retain full rights to their work to do with as they please following publication of the issue they're in. We simply ask to be credited as first publication (i.e., "Work first appeared in Last Leaves Magazine, Issue X").

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