1. Bluestem produces three online editions per year. Please submit no more than 5 poems at one time, or one short story (or 1-3 flash pieces in the same file), or one creative nonfiction essay. Fiction / prose / essays should be no longer than 5,000 words.
  2. We are currently accepting submissions for our January 2020 relaunch. Submissions will remain open until December 15.
  3. No previously published work is accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work via the submission manager.
  4. As part of our paid market pilot project, contributors in 2020 will receive $20/poem and $75/prose piece.
  5. Sample back issues of Bluestem are available for $5.00 for each issue you would like. The 2019 print issue is $10.00. Click here for purchase information.