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Poetry and Flash Fiction, Online Biannual Publications:  January 31 and  July, 31


A brief letter of introduction including name, email address, postal address, word count, and a 150 word biographical sketch about the author and/or artist must accompany all submissions to Editor Diane Smith at

Please submit three to five poems or one flash fiction of 300 words or less.  Please wait a minimum of six months before submitting new work after a rejected submission and one year after publication with Grey Sparrow Journal. We do not accept previously published work except by special arrangement and/or request by Grey Sparrow staff. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and noted in the writers’ submissions. If submissions are placed elsewhere before Grey Sparrow secures the right for publication, inform Grey Sparrow immediately at  Please, no partial withdrawals are accepted.  If one or more poems are accepted elsewhere, the entire submission is treated as a withdrawal.  Legal names, not pen names, must represent an author’s publication.

Upon application for review, you warrant you are submitting your original poetry. All submissions are subject to edit and poets are required to work with an editor if their submission is chosen for publication. New venues for re-publication should not be sought until twelve months have lapsed from the date of publication.

We do not publish pornography or horror. In general, we do not entertain stories that contain gratuitous drug use and/or abuse.  We do not publish excerpts from novels or work in a series. There is no reading fee for general submissions.  We do not pay our contributors.  One free issue is given to contributors for the print journal, Snow Jewel.

Authors have asked for reviews of over 1,000 books. Grey Sparrow does not offer reviews at the website as a general rule.

Now that we have gone to a bi-annual issue, long waits are common and do not reflect on the quality of the work.  As Anwar Sadat said, “Patience brings roses.”


Charity R. Bartley Howard, Grey Sparrow’s online and copy editor, lives in Indiana with her sons and husband. Her degrees are in English and journalism with experience working in newspapers, magazines, journals, online publications and newsletters. She has also published a variety of writing of her own. She enjoys reading nonfiction and fiction books in various genres as well as writing reviews. There is always a book being read in her house. She is currently a freelance writer and editor writing a product and book review blog. She also helps authors prepare their books for publication and writes for magazines. She spends her free time hiking and camping with her family. She knew she wanted to become a writer and a Mom—with a goal of editing and reviewing books. As a stay-at-home mom, she uses her degrees to fulfill her dreams to spend more time with her sons and having time to read, write and edit.

Natalie Schriefer, Grey Sparrow’s book and text editor, received her MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. She was the assistant editor and then editor-in-chief of SCSU’s lit journal, Noctua Review, for two years between both positions. Schriefer’s been published by MTV, Into the VoidROOM, and others. She is editing the anniversary issue of Grey Sparrow scheduled for print publication on December 31, 2020 and lives in Connecticut.  Links to Schriefer’s work can be found on her website:

Diane Smith is the principal editor and founder of Grey Sparrow Press.  She publishes writing about global issues that haunt us all—income inequality, refugees and immigration, healthcare, discrimination, and systemic racism; those who have little visibility or power in society.  Smith has garnered awards for her writing in Canada, England, and the United States.  She is a graduate of Harvard University with a Master of Liberal Arts in Journalism through the School of Continuing Education/Extension. In May of 2020, she received the Emerging Leadership Award through her Harvard Alumni Association. Cactus Cradle is in process; a video documentary of the Tucson poetry landscape, due for completion January of 2022.  In memory of the Paris Accords, The Eye of the Storm, by Diane Smith 

One year volunteer positions are available for editing at Grey Sparrow.  Please send your legal name, street address and biography to

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