Cherry Tree welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. We read manuscripts between August 1 and October 1. We only consider original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.

Payment is $20 per contributor and two contributor's copies.

Submissions are only accepted via Submittable. From August 1 to October 1, 2017, we will be reading submissions for issue 4 of Cherry Tree. Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting online:

  • Please familiarize yourself with the mission statement of Cherry Tree before submitting.
  • Please note: current students and those who have graduated from Washington College in the past four years are not eligible to submit work to Cherry Tree.
  • If your work has been published in a previous issue of Cherry Tree, please wait 2 years before submitting work here again. For example, if you were published in issue 3, please wait to submit again until we are reading work for issue 5.
  • All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author’s name and contact information on the first page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.
  • Writers may only submit once to each genre per reading period. Please wait until the next reading period before sending a new submission to a genre for which you have already submitted work, even if you have already received a response or withdrawn your work.
  • Please send no more than 7 poems, 7 flash prose pieces, or 25 total pages of prose. If submitting flash fiction or nonfiction, please send no more than 7 flash pieces or 25 total pages of flash (whichever comes first). Poems and flash should be uploaded as a single file.
  • We prefer to receive submissions in .DOC or .RTF format.
  • Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems or flash pieces, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.
  • Simultaneous submissions should be clearly marked as such in the comments section and in your cover letter.
  • If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us by adding a note to your submission in Submittable. We will happily consider the remaining poems work in your original submission will remain under consideration.
  • Allow up to 3 months for a reply. If more than 3 months have passed since your submission, you may query managing editor Lindsay Lusby at llusby2@washcoll.edu.
  • Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the “Writer Name” field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name.
  • Use the comments section to enter a cover letter, then click submit.
  • After clicking the submit button, you will be able to review your information and confirm. You can log in at any time to view your account and previous submissions.
  • Once submissions have been sent to Cherry Tree, the works are considered final. We will not be using Submittable’s submission editing feature.
  • Further queries may also be directed to managing editor Lindsay Lusby (llusby2@washcoll.edu).

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Announcing a new section of Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College: Literary Shade

In the great tradition of Jennie Livingston’s documentary, Paris is Burning, we are looking for impeccably-crafted shade. But not just ordinary shade: we’re especially interested in poems, short stories, or nonfiction that throws shade at the institutions that have whitewashed our literature and history, be they laws or events or texts authored by dead old cisgendered white supremacist misogynistic homophobes. We believe that shade—subversive wit, withering critique—can empower. And we want to read the shadiest shade around.

Payment is $20, two copies of the journal, a year’s subscription, and a copy of a letterpress broadside of your choosing.

And as with fiction and nonfiction, please send no more than 25 pages of prose. If you are submitting poetry or flash, send no more than 7 poems or flash pieces and upload them all as a single file.

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**Please see general guidelines above.**
  • Please send no more than 7 poems.
  • Poems should be uploaded as a single .DOC or .RTF file.
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**Please see general guidelines above.**

We are interested in both longer short stories and flash fiction.
  • Please send no more than 7 flash prose pieces, or 25 total pages of prose.
  • If submitting flash fiction, please send no more than 7 flash pieces or 25 total pages of flash (whichever comes first). Flash should be uploaded as a single .DOC or .RTF file.
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**Please see general guidelines above.**

We are interested in both longer essays and flash nonfiction.
  • Please send no more than 7 flash prose pieces, or 25 total pages of prose.
  • If submitting flash nonfiction, please send no more than 7 flash pieces or 25 total pages of flash (whichever comes first). Flash should be uploaded as a single .DOC or .RTF file.