Willow Springs publishes each spring and fall. We accept poetry and fiction submissions between September 1 and May 31, and nonfiction all year-round. Please wait to receive a response before submitting again.

We pay contributors $100 per published long-form prose piece, $40 for short prose (up to three stories each under 750 words can be included per submission), and $20 per published poem (up to 5 can be included per submission). There is a $3 reading fee for all submissions.

Submitted work must be previously unpublished and formatted in a word document. We accept simultaneous submissions. Translations are welcome if you have acquired publication permission from the author of the original work, however, we don’t accept unsolicited interviews at this time.

In most cases, we respond within four months, though we ask that you do not follow up on a submission unless you have not heard from us in over six months.

If you are a graduate of the MFA program at Eastern Washington University, please wait a minimum of 4 years from your graduation before submitting.


For short prose (under 750 words), submissions can include up to three pieces. Please submit a word document. 

Please wait to receive a response from us before submitting again.

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