Most writers do not have an issue finding homes for their work. Many literary journals are open to publishing poems, prose, and nonfiction that feature nature writing.
However, most of the journals that only publish nature poems are currently preoccupied with ecopoetics, “a multidisciplinary approach that includes thinking and writing on poetics, science, and theory as well as emphasizing innovative approaches common to conceptual poetry.”
13 Publishers that Accept Nature Writing
Not all of the journals are currently open to submissions on this list. Fortunately, most of them are. Please remember to read their submission guidelines thoroughly before submitting your stories and poetry.
The Hopper Magazine
Green Writers Press publishes this environmental literary journal. The Hopper looks for several particular things in the writing they post, which includes poetry and prose.
They want work that “offers new and different articulations of the human experience in nature. Specifically, nature writing that is psychologically honest about the environmental crisis and the impacts of mechanical modernity.” They also want writing that “explores place as both the cultural and physical landscapes of an author’s region.”
Please read their full submission guidelines with care.
This online journal focuses on how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. They mostly publish nature pieces. They accept fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, translations, and visual arts.
Newfound has particular submission guidelines for each category. You can find out more here.
Moss is a respected and well-paying journal that publishes fiction, essays, and poetry about the Pacific Northwest. However, the press only accepts work by authors based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, Canada.
You can check out all the rules and guidelines here.
This journal publishes a wide variety of work on humans’ interactions with the environment as a whole, including works of ecopoetics. They also accept essays, book reviews, poems, and artwork, including comic art.
Please check out Minding Nature’s submission guidelines before you submit. They are quite detailed.
Ecotone is a literary journal that focuses on re-imagining place. They publish prose and poetry. They charge for online submissions, but postal submissions within the US are fee-free.
To find out more, click here.
Orion Magazine brings ideas, writers, and artists together to address environmental and societal issues. They have an additional theme for most issues. The magazine is not currently open to fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
You can check out their submission guidelines by clicking here.
Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability
Hawk & Handsaw publishes visual art, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction on the environment and sustainability. They want “thought-provoking written and visual art that interprets and redefines notions of sustainability.”
To find out more, click here.
Green Briar Review
Green Briar is an online literary journey that focuses on the natural world and the changing seasons. They publish nonfiction, cultural essays, reviews, fiction, poetry, photography, and art.
They read a limited number of fee-free submissions during their reading periods. The review is currently accepting cultural essays and reviews. To find out more and to read their submission guidelines, click here.
Split Rock Review
Split Rock Review is an online publication that publishes “poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.”
They read a limited number of fee-free submissions during their reading periods. The review’s submissions guidelines are extensive, so please give them a thorough look-over before you submit.
Canary says they are the literary journal of the environmental crisis. They publish poetry, essays, and reprints. Canary is published four times a year on the solstices and equinoxes and accepts submissions year-round, except in March, June, September, and December.
Click here to check out their full submission guidelines.
Words for the Wild
This UK-based publisher of poetry and fiction often has an additional theme for online issues and anthologies. Some focus more on ecopoetics, others on nature. To find out more, click here.
Terrain is an online journal that publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, focusing on nature and the environment. They welcome submissions from new and experienced authors and artists alike. To find out more, click here.
The Wayfarer focuses on publishing contemplative voices. They publish more than nature writing, but much of what they post does intersect with these themes. They publish poetry and essays. Click here to read their submission guidelines.
Good luck to all of you who choose to submit. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.
And if you are accepted by any of these nature writing publishers, please let me know! I’d love to read your work and pass it along to a friend.
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