General Submission Guidelines
We publish once a month, so we are always open for submissions. We try to respond to submissions within four weeks. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram in order to stay informed on what’s going on, and what issue we’re taking submissions for.
Goat’s Milk accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and photography. While we do enjoy reading and viewing your submissions, please send only one submission per genre per reading period. Previously accepted contributors need to wait a minimum of one month until submitting again to any genre. At this time we are prioritizing submissions from Canadian artists and creators.
Goat’s Milk does accept simultaneous submissions and we accept previously published work, our goal is to give you a platform to share your work. If we accept any of the pieces you submit, include your social media handles in your bio for recognition on our social media pages!!
Please format submission subject line as: SECTION SUB, piece title(s), date. For example: FICTION, Piece Title, 08/02/21. Check the genre specific guidelines before finalizing your submission. The maximum length of your submission’s title should be 30 characters. General inquires and questions can be sent to email@example.com. All submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are always excited to see new submissions in our inbox, please note that submissions must follow our formatting guidelines to be accepted. Our systems are in place for both your benefit and ours.
Goat’s Milk requires non-exclusive English-language anthology publication rights. Your work will only appear on the Goat’s Milk site for a limited time and will not be reproduced by Goat’s Milk outside of the site (excerpts from your work may be used in social media). Authors do not surrender the right to publish the work in other formats, other anthologies, or other collections. Goat’s Milk asks to publish submitted work on a limited-exclusive basis, with Goat’s Milk retaining publishing rights to submitted work for four to six months; after which all submitted work will be removed from the site. Authors retain all rights not specified in any GMM publishing contract.
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to pay our contributors, but we’re doing our best to get there.
We accept submissions in .doc or .docx format. One story per submission with a maximum of 15 pages. In a one-word document please include your submission and a short bio. Please send prose submissions to email@example.com.
Any and all accompanying art or photography is strongly encouraged! The header image should be in a 2:1 ratio and black and white, please. Additional images and multi-media should be sent separately from the .doc or .docx, no .pdfs. Please indicate where you want accompanying art to be placed in stories. If we accept any of your pieces you submit, include your social media handles in your bio for recognition on our social media pages!!
Send us your memoirs and personal essays. Tell us what happened in a new and refreshing way. Academic essays are acceptable but keep them relevant to literary topics.
Send us your stories. We love stories that move with purpose. There should be a reason why the piece starts and ends where it does. We look for characters that are well developed and strong enough to exist beyond the confines of the story
Read our Prose section to get an idea of what we’re looking for.
Please send 1 – 5 poems, with each poem exceeding no more than a single page, in a .doc or .docx format. No .pdfs please! Poems should follow the general submission guidelines, as well as being single spaced and using a standard font. Please note that your formatting may be changed to match Goat’s Milk formatting and to work in our digital format. Lines that are more than 72 characters long will be broken, consider if you are comfortable with this before submitting. We strongly suggest against submitting any work that relies on unique or specific spacing structures, as we are unable to format posts in WordPress that way. Multiple works should be submitted as a single document, with page breaks and titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins.
Any and all accompanying art or photography is strongly encouraged! The header image should be in a 2:1 ratio and black and white, please. Additional images and multi-media should be sent separately from the .doc or .docx, no .pdfs. Please indicate where you want accompanying art to be placed in poems.
Send poetry submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read our Poetry section to get an idea of what we’re looking for.
Art and Photography Guidelines
Visual art should meet the following guidelines:72dpi / RGB Dimensions: minimum 800×800 JPG or PNG. Please include a 100 word description of the piece. You can send up to 10 files in your submission. Feel free to send more than one email if needed. We love all styles of visual art–send us your most creative work! If we accept any of your pieces you submit, include your social media handles in your bio for recognition on our social media pages!!
We are also open to multi-media and video components; send us an email and we’ll see what we can do.
Please save the file as: LASTNAME_TITLE Visual art submissions should be emailed to email@example.com.