Submission Policies

Submissions are open year-round and always free. We do not believe you should pay (in the form of submission fees) to have your work read.

Rabid Oak does not accept work that has been previously published, in print or online (we do consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or Facebook as publication if it can be viewed publicly without login).

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just email to let us know.

What We Want

We’re looking for poetry and flash fiction or nonfiction (under 1,000 words) that use voice, image, and form to leave us saying in our best Keanu Reeves voices “Whoa.”

Send up to four poems or two works of fiction or nonfiction in one Word document to with your name and “(Genre) Submission” in the subject header.  For example, a submission header might read “Davis Poetry Submission” or “Davis Locally Sourced Submission.”

Required Information

Please include this information with each submission:

Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email address

Please keep in mind that submitting to Rabid Oak implies an interest in what we do, and anyone who submits will be added to our mailing list to receive occasional updates on new issues, and events. We will never buy, sell, trade, or share your information with anyone.


We would love to pay our authors.  However, as we neither seek nor accept advertising or charge submission fees, we operate outside the realms of monetary transactions where poets and editors both are paid in literary karma. When we become capitalists and begin monetizing this site, we will begin paying our writers.  Until then, everything is free, your labor as well as ours. However, we will nominate work for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net, so we will shout your work from the rooftops (well, virtual rooftops, at least).

Rights & Rules

All rights revert to the authors upon publication. To get technical, we require First Rights, meaning we want to be the first venue to present the poems to the public. This means that we won’t consider poems that have been self-published, published online, or have been posted to blogs, etc., except when posted to closed groups or message boards. If Google can find the text of your poem, or it appeared in a book, magazine, or newspaper, then we don’t want it.

Response Time

We strive to respond to your work in under three months.  If more than ninety days have gone by without a response, please e-mail us: