Sagebrush Review

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


We accept simultaneous submissions (i.e., pieces you have submitted  to other publications). However, you need to notify us if any of your  pieces are accepted elsewhere. Upon acceptance in Sagebrush Review, please withdraw your poems from other considerations.


We reserve First Serial and Electronic Rights to every piece we publish. If we seek to publish your work, the exclusivity of Sagebrush’s  right to publish your work only lasts as long as the period of time  leading up to the date of publication. Once your work is published, all  rights are reverted to you, and you are able to resubmit the work  anywhere for consideration. We kindly ask that if your work is published  elsewhere following its publication with us, you credit Sagebrush Review as its initial place of publication.

If we publish your work, we may post extracts from it on our social  media in future. If you want to deny us these re-publication rights, do  let us know. Apart from the right to publish your piece online, we  retain no rights over your work. We will seek your permission before including a piece in our annual printed journal.

Your work must be original, and you must be the creator and holder of  the copyright. All submissions presuppose your agreement to this  policy.


We are looking for clear and concise work from a variety of diverse  voices and perspectives. We seek poetry that uses original, interesting  language skillfully and prose that uses effective narrative pacing to  capture the reader. Most importantly, we want to read well-crafted work – stories that engage us and poems that surprise us.

We are unlikely to be interested in pieces with gratuitous sex or  violence. We will not publish writing that is sexist, racist, classist,  homophobic, transphobic, or ableist.


Submissions are free for university students at any level. To verify  your status as a student, include an active “.edu” email account as your  primary contact in your submission.

Submissions are also free for UTSA alumni. Please share your  graduation year and major with us in the appropriate box before  submitting.

For writers and artists who are neither university students nor UTSA  alumni, we request a $5 submission fee. This fee helps us defray the  costs of managing submissions and publishing the annual printed journal,  as Sagebrush Review is entirely staffed by volunteers, and we  depend on donations to keep us running. This fee does not guarantee  personalized feedback or influence any decisions regarding the works  that we wish to publish.


Aesthetically, we are interested in poetry that engages us with  descriptive images and lyrical sounds. We like poems that are written in  free verse, blank verse, and other traditional forms equally.

We also welcome visual/object poetry. When formatting such  experimental pieces for submission, please remember that we are limited  by WordPress’ text constraints and our journals are printed on 5.5” x  8.5” pages.

Submit up to three (3) poems in one Word document. Center titles and  include your name. Use a readable 12 point-sized font. Calibri or  Helvetica work well.

We ask you to limit each poem to approximately 40 lines. There is wiggle room for longer poems, but please be gentle with us.


We ask that you keep prose pieces (short stories and works of  creative non-fiction) under 2500 words. A hundred or so words over is  fine but try to be gentle with us.

There is no minimum – we want flash fiction, too! We ask that you  keep works of flash fiction under 300 words. Again, there is wiggle  room, but try to be gentle with us.

Submit up to three (3) works of flash fiction or one (1) short story  in a single Word document. Center titles and include your name.  Additionally, please include a word count beneath the title of your  prose pieces. (We will not accept prose pieces without a word count.)  Use a readable 12 point-sized font. Calibri or Helvetica work well.


We appreciate abstract and figurative art equally. Drawings,  paintings, digital art, photography, prints, mixed media – we love it  all! The only stipulation we have is that we do not accept art that  depicts excessive gore or graphic violence of any kind.

We accept portfolios of up to six (6) pieces of visual art. Please submit images as high-resolution .JPEG and .PNG files.


As a graduate student-run organization, we are unable to offer  financial compensation for online publications. We will, however,  nominate for major awards and continuously promote contributors’ work  via social media.

We offer compensation to writers and artists that we choose to  include in our yearly print anthology in the form of a free  contributor’s copy that we will mail to you. (We are only able to mail  the free contributor’s copy within the continental U.S.)

Sagebrush Review