Our contests are now open!

Beecher’s is open for contest submissions from February 1, 2017, to March 31, 2017.

We seek to publish diverse voices, including works by writers who are people of color, queer, transgender, disabled, indigenous, international, and/or underrepresented in literary magazines.

We do not accept previously published work (this includes anywhere on the web). Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please contact us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. For fiction and nonfiction, you may submit twice per reading period unless otherwise solicited by editors, but please wait until you hear back from us before submitting again. For poetry, please submit only once per reading period unless solicited. If you have been published in our print or online journal, please wait at least one year from the time of publication to submit again. Please see specific genre requirements below before submitting.

For general submissions, please include your contact information on the first page of your manuscript in the upper left-hand corner (name, address, email, and phone). Also please include the word count in the upper right-hand corner.

We offer payment in the form of one copy of Beecher’s 7.

Please submit only online via Submittable.

Submission Guidelines from the Editors:


We hope to receive poetry that challenges artifice and is formally innovative. Poetries informed by Found-Boundaries or through experiences of Hybridity, Mutation and Struggle are particularly prized. Send us textual alchemy uninhibited by anthropocentric impulse; send us fragments from your rhizome; send us byproducts of experiment & dangerous play… We accept between 1–5 poems per submission, no more than 10 pages total. Please submit no more than once per reading period.

If you have questions, please email poetry[AT]beechersmag[DOT]com.


We want quality fiction that deploys sharp detail, unique and complex characters, beautiful language, and a memorable voice. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Most importantly, though, we want submissions that tell an interesting, engrossing story that lingers with the reader long after it ends. ​Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in ​4,000 words or less. Please submit only one story at a time.

If you have questions, please email fiction[AT]beechersmag[DOT]com.


We love being challenged and surprised, both in content and in form. We are looking for pieces that push us to see through a particular lens and experience otherwise underrepresented perspectives. We are especially drawn to pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words.

If you have questions, please email nonfiction[AT]beechersmag[DOT]com.

2017 Contests

The first place winner in each category will receive $200 and publication in Beecher’s 7. Runners-up may also be considered for publication in Beecher’s 7. Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be 4,000 words or less. Poets may include up to 3 poems per submission. All writers are welcome to submit more than once, but only one story or up to 3 poems per submission. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All domestic entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 7; international entrants will receive a digital copy.

For contest submissions, please do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript. All submissions will be read blind.

Thank you for your continued support.