Submission Guidelines

The following is a description of generally available opportunities Gasher provides throughout the year. Please note that not all of these submission opportunities may be available at this time. Special contests and opportunities will provide guidelines within each form. 


For the issue: Poetry and Prose

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Work must be unpublished.
  • For poetry, fiction, and CNF, please submit your work as a single document in either .docx or .doc.
  • Please include a brief third-person bio with your submission.
  • For Poetry: Please submit up to 4 poems (maximum 8 pages).
  • For Prose: Please submit micro, flash, and short stories/essays between 100-3,000 words (no more than 4 pieces totaling 3,000 words. Each piece must have a minimum of 100 words).


For chapbooks:

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include a brief bio with your submission.
  • Please include a brief synopsis of the book.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as .docx or .pdf
  • We are currently only accepting submissions from those who reside in the U.S.


For books: ​

  • We accept poetry books between 48-80pgs, excluding front and back matter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • We only accept unpublished works. Sections previously published as a chapbook or individual poems are okay, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished. Self-publishing is considered published work as is work from a press that is no longer in print.
  • We do not accept translated works, currently.
  • Please include a bio and brief synopsis of the work.
  • Poet must be residing in the US to submit.
  • Please submit as .pdf or .docx.
  • If selected, authors receive 25 free copies upon publication. We pay 40% royalties on copies sold.
  • Our books are perfect-bound, 12pt C1S matte cover stock, and #60 text cream.
  • Our books are available via our website and select independent book stores. 


For the writers submission fee fund: 

THE CURRENT CYCLE WILL DISTRIBUTE GRANTS IN MAY.

The Writers Submission Fee Fund helps writers in need afford the cost of journal submissions, which has become an alarming new trend in digital publishing. Gasher distributes submission fee grants of $35 every quarter to as many writers as we can afford for that period. Please read the directions below before applying:

  • Grant recipients are selected randomly with a lottery application. 
  • When submitting, include ONLY your name, address, and email address. Do not include any notes or messages in your submissions OR any writing samples.
  • You may only apply once per cycle. All additional submissions will be disqualified. 
  • You must be 18 years old to apply and be residing in the US.



CHERRY MOON is a special print issue of GASHER exclusively featuring the voices of Asian diaspora emerging writers. We seek to amplify emerging voices in our community while also highlighting the vast diversity of the Asian diaspora as a whole.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • We accept work from anyone who self-identifies as a member of the Asian diaspora, a group broadly defined as people with Asian heritage who live or have lived outside of their ‘ancestral homeland.’
  • Writers must be emerging, meaning yet to publish a full-length book of any genre (chapbooks & self-publishing are okay).
  • Young Asian diaspora writers (under 18), queer Asian diaspora writers, & Asian diaspora writers who exist along multiple axes of discrimination are encouraged to submit.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • We accept unpublished poetry and prose from anyone who self-identifies as eligible to submit. The theme is open. Works do not need to address the diaspora experience.
  • Poetry: Please submit no more than 4 poems (8 pages) per submission.
  • Prose: Please submit micro, flash, and stories/essays between 100-3,000 words. Please submit no more than 4 works together totaling 3,000 words. Indicate if your work is fiction or creative nonfiction.
  • Work should be submitted as a single document in either .docx or .doc. Please include a brief, third-person biography with your submission.
  • We do not consider previously published work. We happily consider simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted and you may submit in both categories.
  • We accept poetry books between 48-80pgs, excluding front and back matter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Once work is submitted, it can not be revised or edited. Please do not email revised versions of the original works or attach revisions to your submission on Submittable. We will not consider it.
  • We only accept unpublished works. Sections previously published as a chapbook or individual poems are okay, but the manuscript as a whole should be unpublished. Self-publishing is considered published work as is work from a press that is no longer in print.
  • We do not accept translated works, currently.
  • Please include a bio and brief synopsis of the work.
  • Poet must be residing in the US to submit.
  • Please submit as .pdf or .docx.
  • If selected, authors receive 25 free copies upon publication. We pay 40% royalties on copies sold.
  • Our books are perfect-bound, 12pt C1S matte cover stock, and #60 text cream.

Please read the following guidelines for submission:

  • We are currently only accepting submissions for nonfiction chapbooks. Hybrid and collaborative works are acceptable.
  • This is NOT a blind reading. 
  • Manuscripts must be a minimum of 30 pages of prose and must not exceed 60 pages of prose (15,000 words) [this count excludes acknowledgments, notes, etc.]
  • Sections of the manuscript may be published, but as a whole, should remain unpublished. (self-publishing counts as publication) Please include an acknowledgments page indicating the published essays.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include a front cover with a brief summary of the project (250 words or less)
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as either .pdf or .docx
  • Submitters must reside in the U.S. at the time of submission.
  • We do not publish manuscripts that include photos.

Gasher offers two $250 scholarships to poets submitting their first full-length manuscripts.

  • Please include in the title of the submission the manuscript's title.
  • The manuscript must be at least 48pgs of poetry.
  • Please include an author bio in the indicated field.
  • You may only submit one entry per submission period. All other entries will be disqualified regardless of withdrawing previous submissions.
  • Writers must not have published a full-length collection at the time of submission, including self-published books. (chapbooks are okay.)
  • The writer must reside in the United States at the time of submission.
  • This is a blind reading. Please DO NOT include any identifying material on your manuscript. DO NOT include an acknowledgments page. Those who do not remove this information from their submission will be disqualified.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Once work is submitted, it can not be revised or edited. Please do not email revised versions of the original works or attach revisions to your submission on Submittable. We will not consider it.
  • Work must be unpublished.
  • For fiction and CNF, please submit your work as a single document in either .docx or .doc.
  • Please include a brief bio with your submission.
  • For Prose: please submit micro, flash, and short stories/essays between 100-3,000 words (no more than 4 pieces totaling 3,000 words. Each piece must have a minimum of 100 words).
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • Once work is submitted, it can not be revised or edited. Please do not email revised versions of the original works or attach revisions to your submission on Submittable. We will not consider it.
  • Work must be unpublished.
  • For poetry, please submit your work as a single document in either .docx or .doc.
  • For visual poetry, please submit work as .jpeg or .pdf
  • Please include a brief bio with your submission.
  • For Poetry: please submit up to 4 poems (maximum 8 pages).
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