OPENS: January 1, 2021


Here at peculiar, we are so excited by the submissions and support we’ve seen for the journal, and we are so excited for all the amazing queer writers we have published and will be publishing soon. 

Yesterday closed our submission period for issue 9, so as we move into 2020, we’ll be taking issues 8 and 9 to print, and we are so excited for you to read them.

Another goal for 2020 is getting more organized on our end of the journal. As a volunteer staff, we all stay very busy with full-time jobs and personal lives, and because of this, we want to take a little down time from editing and producing new issues just to get the business end in tip-top shape. 

So for this organization to happen, submissions will be opening back up January 1, 2021. Until then, we’ll still be running the journal, updating our blog, and working on peculiar in case you have any questions. Keep creating and get ready to send us all your wonderful work in 2021. Let us know if you have any questions at any time. 

     Love and support to you all,
        peculiar staff 

We accept submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, art, and photography. We are interested in many genres, and the subject matter does not need to be queer themed—we only ask that contributors identify as queer/LGBTQIA+. We do allow simultaneous submissions and previously published work. If the piece has been previously published, please inform us in your cover letter. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, simply leave a note on your submission that you are withdrawing that piece from consideration. 


Please include title of work and type of work in the file name. If you are uncomfortable being published under your given name, you can be published under a pseudonym. Multiple submissions are welcomed, but we ask that you submit your highest quality pieces. Also, you must own the rights to any work you submit—it must be your own, original work. 


Identifying information is hidden when we review submissions, so do not include your name on any page of your submitted work.

We generally respond to all submissions within 6 to 8 weeks after the posted submission deadline. Feel free to reach out to us after 8 weeks if you haven't heard anything.

We publish two issues a year.


Prose stories must be under 3,500 words. 


Please submit between 1 and 6 poems in the same document on separate pages. 

Poetry lines over roughly 57 characters may be split into two lines when published (due to page size). Please take this into consideration when submitting poetry. 

Art and Photography 

Art pieces must be of high-quality resolution of at least 300 DPI and not scanned. Lower quality versions can be submitted initially, but a high-quality version will be required upon acceptance. 

Art pieces are printed full-bleed and may be cropped upon publication to fit the page size.



OPENS: January 1, 2021

To be qualified to submit to the Utah Contest, you must live or have lived in Utah. All other guidelines from general submissions apply. 

The winners of the Utah Contest will receive a cash prize ($75 for first place and $25 for second place) as well as publication in the following issue of peculiar.

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