Diverse Voices Quarterly is published online, and each issue since 2015 is available as Kindle e-books (for just $1.99 each!). Unfortunately, we can’t pay, but every writer needs to build a platform if they want to be taken seriously in their career. We can help do that for you!

Even though we welcome submissions from all ages and backgrounds, we publish work suitable for adults.

As of June 6, 2016, we are not reading new submissions. Everyone who’s submitted before then will be responded to by the end of the year. We hope to resume reading again on January 1, 2017.


3-5 poems (one poem per page, so about 30 lines per poem).  We also strongly prefer poems that keep the text all lined up on the left margin. Please send in one file, separated by a page break between poems. Rhyming poems are discouraged, but feel free to send if you think you’ll wow us with them.

Short stories:

3,000 words MAX. Or two short shorts that add up to 1,000 words.

Personal essays/creative nonfiction:

3,000 words MAX. Or two short essays that add up to 1,000 words.

For both prose categories, if you have anything OVER 3,000 words that you feel is a good fit, please query us at the email address below.

Artwork and photography accepted in .jpg or .png format. Send only two high-quality images at a time.

–Simultaneous submissions are accepted but multiple submissions are not. Read about the difference between multiple and simultaneous submissions.

–We will not consider any material previously published; this also includes works published in other online journals or from any message board or blogs.

–While we will read submissions from everyone, the work MUST BE in English.

–Submissions for prose and poetry must come through our online submission manager. Email submissions for these genres will NOT be considered and will be deleted upon arrival.

If sending artwork, send via email:

–Be sure to include your last name and “Artwork” or “Photography” in the subject line.

–Include a cover letter, a short bio, and your complete contact information in the body of the email.

–Only two images at a time.

–Send your submission to:  submissions[at]diversevoicesquarterly[dot]com.