While our press focuses on ecopoetic works, we encourage a wide interpretation of this term. We see ecopoetics as anything examining, explicitly or not, the various aspects of Earth’s systems and inhabitants. What role do we and other living beings play? What role do non-living, intangible or ephemeral forces play? What is the legacy and interplay of the forces of life, matter, energy, history and power? These are only a few of the potential questions we welcome everyone to investigate in the works submitted to our press.
We encourage experimentation with language and form and believe artists should take risks with their creative and critical works, but please exhibit care and intention with your choices. We will refuse submissions that harm and exploit marginalized voices and communities.
We do not charge any fees.
We accept simultaneous submissions, though we ask that you let us know immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere. If your piece is accepted for publishing, please wait a year before submitting again.
We reserve first publishing rights after which publishing rights will revert to the author. Please acknowledge Snail Trail Press if published elsewhere after.
Please do send pet pictures, particularly snails, for our enjoyment.
We publish issues annually in the fall, both in print and online. Our reading period is currently closed. Please check back in December 2020 to send work for our 2021 issue.