Snail Trail Press

General Guidelines

While our press focuses on ecocritical 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 occupants. This could be a careful examination or questioning of one’s role and interactions within these systems. What is the legacy and interplay of the forces of life, matter, energy, history, and power? What is use and waste? What is impact? What flows in and around us? What role do we and other living beings play? What role do non-living, intangible, or ephemeral forces play? 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 submission fees.

Please do send pet pictures, particularly snails, for our enjoyment.

Journal Submissions

We publishes issues biannually in the spring and fall. Submissions for our Spring/Summer 2020 issue are now open from October 1 until October 31, 2019.

Please send poems, prose, critical essays, interviews, and mixed media works to snailtrailpress [at] gmail [dot] com with subject line formatted as “GENRE – TITLE.”

  • For POETRY submissions, send 5-10 pages as a Word document
  • For MIXED MEDIA submissions, send 3-6 pages as JPEG or PNG documents
  • For CRITICISM, REVIEWS or, INTERVIEWS, send up to 5 pages as a Word document

Please use the format “GENRE_Title” as the file name.

Please include a current bio in a separate document with the file name “Last Name_First Initial_BIO.”

We accept simultaneous submissions though we ask that you let us know immediately (as a response in your original email) if your piece is accepted elsewhere. If your piece is accepted for publishing, please wait six months before submitting again.

We reserve first publishing rights after which publishing rights will revert to the author. Please acknowledge Snail Trail if published elsewhere after.