online publication submissions open october 31 - november 15

tenderness is accepting submissions of poetry and prose for online publication during the dates above. read the following guidelines (plz) and email your submissions to <3

we reject racism, fascism, patriarchy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, capitalism, and all other forms of hegemonic oppression. we refuse to publish, promote, or associate with anyone whose actions contribute to oppression. Don’t bother sending us work if you are one of those people.

Send us a third person bio.
Send us the complete submission in a single word doc or pdf file.

Send up to 5 poems to If you send more than five poems, they better be the best poems we’ve ever read. We’re serious.

Send your fiction / nonfiction of up to 1750 words to Feel free to send multiple shorts at once, so long as the total word count of your submission is under 1750 words. We are specifically seeking flash prose under 750 words.

We’re not in search of manuscripts at this time. When we’re on the hunt for one, we will post about it here and on social media.

Joseph Parker Okay has written an excellent guide to writing cover letters and submitting to lit mags, which you can access here:

Unfortunately the only authors we can afford to pay are those that we publish in print. Online publication isn’t paid simply because it’s free for people to access whereas people are paying to read the print books. We wish this wasn’t the case, we wish that we could give everyone we publish a boat-load of money, but we can’t. And we understand if you choose to not submit to us because of that.

want feedback from tenderness?

If you want an editor from tenderness to give you some feedback on your work, purchase either a $5 or $10 feedback item from our store, and then send your work in an email to **NOT AVAILABLE WHILE SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN**

  • $5: 1 poem OR up to 1000 words prose

  • $10: 2-5 poems OR 1001-1750 words prose

tenderness chapbook contest winners:

Micah Card ---- A Series of Engagements

Ehlayna Napolitano ---- Penelope in the Morning

Dana Alsamsam ---- (in)habit

MJ Santiago ---- Baby Knife

Eric Cline ---- Cicada Shell

P.E. Garcia ---- Dear God, Dear Gordon

Daphne Calhoun ---- Anting-Anting

ALL chapbooks are available in the store!!!!