Tributary Reader Submission Guidelines – Volume 2, Winter 2021

Tributary Reader will publish local takes on life here now, and on living life in general. We will expand our collective attention toward the character of our shared home: our creative lives, our lands, environmental resources, and relationships to one another. We appreciate works that inflect an artistic and unconventional sense of place and time. We are looking for original works with clear vision, fresh language, emotional impact, and honesty.

Please send all submissions in a single .doc, .docx, or .rtf document to with your full name and genre in the subject line. We will get back to you in a timely fashion about whether we will accept your piece(s). Accepted pieces are subject to return for edits. Deadline is October 15.


We accept short fiction submissions of any genre.

Short fiction writers, submit one story under 4,000 words.

Flash fiction writers, submit up to three pieces, each 1,000 words or less.

Please double-space and submit all as one document.

No excerpts, please.

Creative Nonfiction

Genres may include: personal essays; local environmental history; histories of places and landmarks; non-academic criticism; critical reviews of new or recent Richland County art and history exhibits, books, and live performances.

Under 4,000 words

Please double-space and submit all as one document.

No excerpts, please.


Poets, please submit 1-5 poems in a single document.

Poems should be lyrical and self-contained, and be complex enough to return to for contemplation.

Visual Art

Submissions are open to diverse approaches including illustration, architectural sketches, woodworking, glass, ceramics, textiles, paintings, printmaking, sculpture, collage, installation, digital media, or photography. 

Artists may submit up to five works for consideration. Please send up to two digital images of each work in jpeg format; a brief statement describing the works; and an image list with each work’s title, year created, medium, and dimensions.