Thanks for checking us out! We're a small, once-annual print and online publication based out of a little college in Southern California. When we're open for submissions, we accept previously unpublished poetry, prose, and art from our local community and beyond. Because of our all volunteer staff and our desire to make sure every piece gets the consideration it deserves, our reading process is kind of slow, so we're happy to accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Learn more about The Ear by visiting our site: https://www.the-ear.org/ or on Instagram @theearcommunity

Want to help support The Ear? Visit The Ear Foundation page to make a tax-deductible donation to support the journal.

The Ear is looking for stories that reveal. Share your unique perspective, experiences, and style in the form of a fiction piece which strikes emotional chords and fills the gaps in our own understanding of the world we share. We aim to amplify the voices of new writers, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

We want the freshest stuff: please share only previously unpublished work, though simultaneous submissions are okay. If your story is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately.

You may submit 1 story (5,000 words max) or up to 3 pieces of flash fiction (max 1,500 words each). The overall word count for submissions from a single author may total no more than 5,000 words.

Please submit a separate file for each story if you are submitting multiple pieces. We will not include titles into the final word count. Don't worry about bios or cover letters: let the work speak for itself, and we'll ask for more info as needed.

To keep the focus on the work, we ask that you do not put any identifying information on the stories themselves.

If your work is accepted, it will appear both in print and online. We ask for first American serial rights, but all other rights revert back to the writer. Just give us a shoutout in future, and tell your friends how great we are! Payment is two copies of the print journal, and our undying love and affection.


The Ear is looking for poems that tantalize us with images, mesmerize us with music, get us thinking, get us feeling. Narrative or lyric, formal or free verse, short or long: send us your distillations of the world in carefully chosen and woven words. We aim to amplify the voices of new writers, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

We want the freshest stuff: please share only previously unpublished work, though simultaneous submissions are okay. If your poem is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately.

Submit up to five poems per issue, a max of ten pages total

Please create a separate submission for each poem. Don't worry about bios or cover letters: let the work speak for itself, and we'll ask for more info as needed. 

To keep the focus on the work, we ask that you do not put any identifying information on the poems themselves. 

If your work is accepted, it will appear both in print and online. We ask for first American serial rights, but all other rights revert back to the writer. Just give us a shoutout in future, and tell your friends how great we are! Payment is two copies of the print journal, and our undying love and affection.


The Ear is looking for nonfiction essays that get us thinking and feeling on deeper levels. Short or long, personal, lyric, or research-based essays: send us work created from the reality of the world in carefully chosen and woven words. We aim to amplify the voices of new writers, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

We want the freshest stuff: please share only previously unpublished work, though simultaneous submissions are okay. If your essay is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately.

Submit up to one long essay (max 5,000 words) or three flash essays (max 1,500 words) per issue.

If submitting flash, please create a separate submission for each essay. Don't worry about bios or cover letters: let the work speak for itself, and we'll ask for more info as needed.

To keep the focus on the work, we ask that you do not put any identifying information on the submissions themselves.

If your work is accepted, it will appear both in print and online. We ask for first American serial rights, but all other rights revert back to the writer. Just give us a shoutout in future, and tell your friends how great we are! Payment is two copies of the print journal, and our undying love and affection.

The Ear is looking for paintings, drawings, collages, cartoons, illustrations, and digital media pieces that capture our attention and make us imagine stories. We aim to amplify the voices of new artists, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.


We want the freshest stuff: please share only previously unpublished work, created by you. Submitting pieces to other publications at the same time is fine, but please withdraw the piece immediately if it is accepted for publication (print or online) elsewhere.


Submit up to five pieces per issue.


Please create a separate submission for each piece. Don't worry about bios or cover letters: let the work speak for itself, and we'll ask for more info as needed. 


To keep the focus on the work, we ask that you do not put any identifying information on the piece itself, though you do not have to block out signatures.


To ensure your work looks its best in our print publication, we will require a high resolution (300dpi) image for publication.

 
If your work is accepted, it will appear both in print and online. We ask for first American serial rights, but all other rights revert back to the writer. Just give us a shoutout in future, and tell your friends how great we are! Payment is two copies of the print journal, and our undying love and affection.

The Ear is looking for black and white and color photographs that capture our attention and make us imagine stories. We aim to amplify the voices of new artists, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

We want the freshest stuff: please share only previously unpublished work, created by you. Submitting pieces to other publications at the same time is fine, but please withdraw the piece immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere, in print or online.

Submit up to five pieces per issue.

Please create a separate submission for each piece. Don't worry about bios or cover letters: let the work speak for itself, and we'll ask for more info as needed.

To keep the focus on the work, we ask that you do not put any identifying information on the piece itself. You do not have to block out signatures or watermarks, though we would want a clean copy for publication.


To ensure your work looks its best in our print publication, we'll require a high-resolution image (at least 300dpi) if it's accepted.

If your work is accepted, it will appear both in print and online. We ask for first American serial rights, but all other rights revert back to the photographer. Just give us a shoutout in future, and tell your friends how great we are! Payment is two copies of the print journal, and our undying love and affection.