Fresh-Cut Lit & More


Cleaver reads submissions year round, on a rolling basis, for our quarterly literary magazine.

How to Submit to Cleaver Magazine

We review submissions only through our Submittable portal. We are not able to consider work sent to us through postal mail or email. We are happy to read simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is not considered, although we will sometimes consider work previously shared on personal blogs. Translations are welcome with permission of original author, or for works in the common domain.

For all other genres contact the editors directly.


How to submit or suggest book reviews, apply to be on our review staff, and get your achievements mentioned in our newsletter.

Cleaver reviews books published by small and indie presses, including poetry chapbooks. If you’re a reviewer interested in writing for Cleaver or an author with a book forthcoming or published in the past twelve months, please fill out one of the following forms and Autumn or Em will be in contact with you shortly:

Are you a reviewer looking to join our staff? Write for us!

Want to submit or pitch a one-off review? Pitch us!

Are you an author or publicist looking for review? Let us know!

Need to contact one of our review editors for some other reason? Shoot us an email!

Autumn Konopka ( she/her)

Emma Parzybok (she/her)

If you are a current or former Cleaver contributor with a book coming out and would like us to promote it on our social media, contact us via this form.


Cleaver publishes craft essays on writerly topics. If you are a poet, fiction writer, essayist, or graphic narrative artist and would like to propose a craft essay, contact the editors with a query before submitting.

Guidelines: offer a reaction to or exploration of one’s personal experience as a prose writer/artist/creative; pieces that delve into something you’ve either found compelling, learned along the way, figured out, gotten obsessed with, found surprising, and want to share with other writers. Quirky is okay. Nothing too scholarly/academic/ teacher-y. Aim for between 800 and 2000 words. Please first take a look at what we’ve published before here:

—Lisa Romeo,  Prose Craft Essays Editor

For Poetry Craft Essays, contact Mark Danowsky.

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