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Submission Guidelines

Poetry [partial to shorter poems] and Flash [500 words or less]. Send 150 word bio and submissions to

Reading Period: January 1 to December 31. Reporting Time: 3 to 6 months. Only accepts Electronic Submissions, Accepts Simultaneous, and Unsolicited Submissions. Inform the editor immediately if work has been accepted elsewhere. Number of Debut Authors per Issue: Approximately 20.

No previously published work.

Strictly literary writing please; flash and poetry.  Editorial Focus: Emerging and established voices are welcome. Sparrow poets address global issues that haunt us all. Book manuscripts are published sporadically.   Grey Sparrow Journal also offers a “National Treasure” series in poetry and features a Pulitzer Prize writer for most issues and/or a national treasure from a country outside the United States. The Sparrow’s companion journal, Snow Jewel, is published in print generally once a year.  All books are fiction; prose and poetry.


Editor Diane Smith [Master of Liberal Arts,] Harvard University, publishes poetry, flash fiction, fine art, and photography. Review Grey Sparrow before submitting work. The Sparrow’s Journal has a large online following with over 1,000,000 cumulative visitors since inception. Smith is the recipient of the emerging leadership award by her Harvard Alumni [May 2020.] Forward Grey Sparrow Journal submissions and book manuscripts to: for review.  Watch at the site for calls regarding Snow Jewel.  

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