Regular Submissions are open until March 15th.

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.

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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).

Submit your reviews of books, chapbooks, online or print literary journals, or art in one document.

Submit only one review per quarter.

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.

Ends on $3.00

Our Tip Jar is available for any of the above submission types and goes towards offsetting site costs. It won't entitle your work to any special treatment nor will we think any less if you decide to submit for free instead. Tips are simply one small way to show support and help our continued growth.  

Make sure to check out the guidelines for your chosen genre. 

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