Regular Submissions are open until March 15, 2023.


Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw accepted pieces promptly from consideration. 


We will try to respond to your submission in less than 30 days. After 60 days query to upthestaircase [at] gmail [dot] com.


Please submit only once per quarter (or wait three months).


We do not accept previously published poetry for regular issues, but previously published artwork is okay. 


If your work does not fit into a category below, please send us a query at upthestaircase

[at] gmail [dot] com.


Up the Staircase Quarterly obtains first serial publishing rights. After a piece runs, all rights revert back to the author.


Unfortunately, we cannot currently pay writers for the work we accept.


Follow us on Twitter @upthestaircase for more info and updates! 

Submit three to six poems in a single document.

Submit 3 to 12 .jpg attachments of your visual artwork in a single submission.


Art submissions will be considered for both features and for pairings with writers (Issue Illustrator). An artist's statement is welcomed with your submission but not required. We will consider any genre, subject, and medium, but we are mostly looking for photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and comics. Please include titles of work  (if titled).


Ends on

We are seeking cover art submissions for our future issues!


Cover art can be of any genre or discipline and must contain a staircase somewhere in the work (but does not have to be the focal point). 


Submit up to 10 .jpg attachments.



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