Written by Ella Peary June 19th, 2024

Verdant: Now Seeking Submissions

Verdant is an online journal of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. They aim to publish vibrant writing, “to ignite the imagination of readers, transporting them to new worlds through captivating storytelling, evocative poetry, insightful essays, and visually stunning artwork.” They also hope to create a community that fosters the growth of new and emerging authors, publishing them alongside established voices.

Verdant is helmed in Toronto, Canada, and reaches an audience in over 56 countries. So far they’ve published three online editions each featuring writing from 10 to 15 authors.

Right now, Verdant is open to submissions until July 31. Poets may submit three to five poems totaling 10 pages or fewer. Authors of prose may submit up to three pieces, 3,000 words or fewer each. Authors of creative nonfiction may submit up to two pieces, 3,000 words or fewer each. Submitting authors can expect a response within three weeks.

Verdant also accepts submissions of essays, memoires, and book arcs for their blog. Authors may submit one piece per genre, 3,000 words or fewer each.

Right now, Verdant is also accepting submissions for their poetry prize, judged by Joseph Fasano. Poets may submit up to three poems, totaling eight pages or fewer (and with no single poem exceeding four pages). Although submissions to Verdant journal are free, there is a $5 fee for contest submissions. Submissions to the contest close on July 15.

Verdant accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw writing published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work.

Verdant only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Verdant, please visit their website here

Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.


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