"Cutleaf seeks the best in contemporary writing in prose and verse from emerging and established writers."
Open:
Yes, till October 31, 2022
Vibe: Send us your best but less intimidating
Response time:
3 months
Payment:
Yes
Simultaneous submissions:
Yes
Previously published:
No
Submission fee:
Free
Expedited submissions:
No
Available in print:
No
Examples online:
Yes

Important stuff

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Pays! "from $100 to $400 for published fiction and nonfiction. from $50 to $200 for published poetry"
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Genres

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Fiction

Max words: 6000We will read one long piece or up to three short pieces at a time per author.
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Nonfiction

Max words: 6000
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Poetry

Max pieces: 7

Examples

'Third Grade' by RON RASH

(excerpt)
On the last afternoon before Christmas vacation, Mr. Ketner, the principal, knocked timidly on our classroom door and entered. He stood beside Mrs. Ware’s desk, which was brightly festooned with presents our parents had made us bring. After receiving a curt nod from Mrs. Ware, he turned to us and spoke. “This morning Mrs. Ware informed me that, after forty-seven years at Cliffside Elementary, she is retiring. Her sister has broken a hip and Mrs. Ware is moving to Raleigh to be with her. I know you will miss her and I also understand that you might be worried about having a new teacher, but I want to assure you that her replacement, Mrs. Mabry, is a fine teacher. She taught here a few years ago and is looking forward to rejoining us.”
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'Eat Before You Go' by E.C. SALIBIAN

(excerpt)
It had come to this: centuries of culinary heritage devolved on my watch into a bunch of parsley liquefied in its produce bag and four limp carrots whose tips had shriveled black. I stood in front of my open refrigerator door as if something appetizing would materialize if I stared long enough. It didn’t. Just cold air and a stale smell. You grow up in an extended, food-centric family, and all you want to do is get away and be an individual. You get away, become an individual, and before you know it you’re a case study in modern alienation. So I set out to reconnect with my roots—or at least my root vegetables.
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'Our Own Country' by JAY HODGES

(excerpt)
You and I live with Alu, a strawberry-blonde dog, and Esteban, an ebony cat, in a house that is too large for the four of us. We’ve filled it with more books than we’ll ever be able to read and interesting-to-us objects with long histories—a disintegrating taxidermied duckbill platypus your grandparents smuggled out of Australia, a pyramid of rough-hewn wooden boxes, walls of primitive portraits and landscapes. Glass containers of abandoned bird eggs and dead insects, lizards, a bat. The house is untamed and undisciplined, as is the courtyard, as are our minds.
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'Color Theory' by TIFFANY MELANSON

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When I visit my brother in prison every body is black or brown except the men with guns. I read once in an article on color theory black is not a color, it absorbs the visible spectrum and reflects nothing. A black object may look black, but still reflect light. Black is the absence of color.
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