We are now Open to submissions. 

Our current reading period runs from February 1st until April 15th, 2016.

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The editors strongly encourage potential contributors to familiarize themselves with Harpur Palate. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us upon acceptance elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work will be considered.

We prefer online submissions: Harpur Palate Submittable

Harpur Palate does not accept unsolicited email submissions. All unsolicited email submissions will be deleted unread.


Harpur Palate runs three contests each year: the Milton Kessler Contest for Poetry and the Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction in Winter/Spring issue, and the John Gardner Contest for Fiction in Summer/Fall issue. Submissions to the contests must be accompanied by a $15 reading fee which not only supports the contest but grants each entrant a one-year subscription. Each winner receives $500 and publication.


Fiction submissions should be no longer than 6,000 words - one longer piece or up to three flash fictions per reading period, unless otherwise noted on our website.We do not accept novel excerpts.


Creative Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words.


Send 3-5 poems per reading period; no more than 10 pages total, unless otherwise noted on our website (i.e. themed issues).


Winter issue: September 1 - November 15
Summer issue: February 1 - April 15

Response time is usually two months. Due to the large volume of work we receive, we cannot respond to questions about whether yours has been considered yet. Please note that, except for cover art, we cannot consider works by authors affiliated with Binghamton University.


Harpur Palate
English Department
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

All paper submissions must include a self-addressed, sufficiently stamped envelope for notification. If you do not provide this, we will recycle your submission. Manuscripts will be recycled after our reading process, so don't send your only copy. If sending both prose and poetry, please use separate envelopes.