Written by Debbie Berk
Category: News

Submissions Close February 28th


Submission Guidelines


The Stray Branch is open to form & style, however free verse is preferred. Not interested in lengthy, long winded poems. Shorter poems have a better chance of being published. Looking for edgy, darker material written from the gut reflecting the heart & human condition known as existence. Topics include, depression, mental illness, loss, sorrow, addiction, recovery, abuse, survival, daily existence, self struggles & discovery through words. Personal, confessional poems are welcomed & embraced here. Rhyming poems are okay. Does not want over-schooled, arrogant, self rigteous, religious, political, sentimental, or happy & light pretty poetry. No erotic or sexually explicit poetry. The Stray Branch does not accept work from children or teens or work written for children or teens.

Submit up to 6 poems within the body of the email or as attatchments.

No simultaneous submissions. Previously published works are okay.


As with poetry, no political, religious, erotic or sexually explicit pieces. No stories written for children please. Would like to see anything edgy, unique, suspense & definitely anything on the paranormal & after life are welcome. Not interested in aliens, life on other planets or stories about school shootings, etc. Please keep stories no longer than 2 1/2 pages. Shorter pieces of fiction stand a better chance of being published. Please send no more than 2 pieces of fiction per submission. All fiction must be sent as attachments. No simultaneous submissions. Previously published fiction is okay. The Stray Branch also publishes Flash Fiction.

Art & Photography:

Submissions must be in black & only. Looking for bold, dark, gothic, ghostly, odd, surreal, edgy, emotional, human, personal, reflective, haunting, unique art and photography. Nothing boring or cute. Please send all submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   All art & photos must be sent as JPEG or Gif attatchments.

Payment & Rights:


The Stray Branch currently does not offer payment for accepted works and after the production of issue #4 will no longer offer free print copies to its contributors due to cost. However, they will still receive a free digital (pdf) copy of the issue they appear in and will be able to purchase copies at a discounted rate. Issue price is $10.00, $7.00 for contributors with the use of contributor discount code. 


The Stray Branch requires one time rights, the right to publish, this includes publication on the website as well as print. Contributors retain all copyrights to their work.

Reading times for The Stray Branch are from October 1st through February 28th. Response time, 3 to 4 weeks. 

Submit (Email submissions only!!)

Send all submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, email, brief, third person bio at the top of the page before your work. Poetry can be sent within the body of the email, all story, artwork and photography submissions please send as attachments. Please do not send submissions in the form of pdf files. A small black and white bio photo (optional) can be sent as a jpg attachment. Bio photos will appear in print and on the website along with published work. Cover letters are not required. 


*Please note that bio photos, art and photography may be used for promotional purposes such as promo banners to advertise and promote the artist/photographer/contributor and the issue in which their work appears. All promo banners and blurbs are shared via social media, Facebook,
Twitter and LinkedIn. All features such as poetry, fiction and flash will posted on the website and also promoted via social media. 

Please do not send more than 2 submissions per reading period.

Thank you.


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