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Theme for Issue 2: RAW

Raw can be used to describe many things: wounds, emotions, uncooked meat. When you think of the word raw, do you think of a particular moment in time? Maybe the vulnerability of being close to someone, or the way untouched snow looks at the start of winter. We want to hear from you about your wounds, about what’s healed and unhealed and torn apart. Send us your deepest desires, your biggest regrets. An intentionally unedited poem. We want you to get creative within the realm of what’s raw, what’s uncooked, what’s untouched.


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.

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