Paperbark Issue 3

Deadline: October 31, 2021
Contact: Editors
Email: [email protected]

Paperbark is rooted in themes of stewardship, innovation, and possibility. We seek to make connections between and examine the intersections of science, culture and sustainability. Through the pieces in this magazine, we seek to illuminate humanity’s impact on the natural world while nurturing art’s intrinsic capacity to catalyze positive change.

A core principle of our mission is justice, embodied in the movements of the social, environmental, political, economic, and climate spheres. We support the creative expression and communication of such experiences, and especially encourage submissions from underrepresented communities or voices.

Note: We do not consider work from current UMass Amherst graduate students in any program — undergraduates and alumni are welcome to submit.

SUBMISSION WINDOW: September 7-October 31, 2021.

Please note: We accept submissions through Submittable during our reading period. No late submissions will be considered.

Please use standard fonts and page numbers where applicable. You should also include a brief, third-person biography in the “Cover Letter” section on Submittable, to be featured in the magazine upon acceptance.

For the upcoming issue, we aim to respond to all submissions between six-eight weeks, with an absolute maximum of three months. If you have not heard from us after three months, please query.



Paperbark only considers work which engages with environmental themes. Please submit to only one category per submission period.

We welcome translated works, as long as the author has given their permission for the work to be translated and submitted. If submitting a translation (either prose or poetry), please note this in the cover letter section, and include a brief bio of the original author (in addition to your own) and indicate whether the original author has given permission.

Note: We do not consider work from current UMass Amherst graduate students in any program — undergraduates and alumni are welcome to submit.


Submit up to 6 poems, not exceeding 10 pages. Give us your elegies, your experiments, anything lineated (or not).


Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, and science communication can be submitted under this category. We accept submissions up to 3,000 words. Works should be double-spaced. Please only submit sections of a longer work if it stands alone as a piece.


Visual art and design, as well as any multimedia works can be submitted in this category. Submit up to 6 pieces as filetypes Submittable allows. If selected, we may ask for a higher resolution version to be printed.


Email [email protected] with any questions regarding the above. Do not send unsolicited work via email—we only read submissions through Submittable.

Posted on October 26, 2021