There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Bluestem is an online journal, published thrice yearly. 

Please submit no more than 5 poems at one time, or one short story, or one creative non-fiction essay. Fiction / prose should be no longer than 5000 words. Please include a brief bio with your submission. If you are submitting more than one poem, please include all pieces in one file (you may withdraw single poems by sending a message through Submittable or emailing us at

No previously published work is accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your work via the submission manager.

As part of our paid market pilot project, Bluestem pays contributors $20 per published poem and $75 for prose.

For more insight into what kind of work we are looking for, please read our updated interview at Duotrope.