Our first contest! Open June 1 to August 17, 2019. $3 fee. Winner in each genre receives $50 (a small amount but hey we’re a little zine with little funds…but fifty bucks is fifty bucks!). Go to our Submittable page here.

We are a safe space for writing about Mental Health, but are open to creative writing on any topic.

Some of our favorite writers and poets include:  John Irving, Dorothy Allison, J.K. Rowling, Jenny Xie, Diane di Prima, Sarah Girard, Zachary Schomburg, Marlon James, Jen George, Frank O’hara, Alice Notley, Ben Mirov, Lyn Hejinian, Rumi, Jeffrey Eugenides, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kaveh Akbar, Roy Guzman, Joanna Valente, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Ada Limon, James Wright, Jane Kenyon, Erika Meitner, Terrance Hayes.
Guidelines (be sure to read before submitting at bottom of this page)
  • General:
    • By submitting to Buddy, you give us permission to publish it so please be comfortable with having your work (if it’s of sensitive nature) online and/or in print.
    • include a Bio of up to 100 words and your website (if you have one) in the “Cover Letter.”  You’re welcome to send a pic of yourself too.
    • previously unpublished work only
    • simultaneous submissions are fine; if your piece is accepted elsewhere or you want to withdraw it please let us know immediately via Submittable
    • please wait to hear back from us before submitting again
    • those selected for publication in our printed Fall anthology will receive one free copy (we are unable to pay contributors at this time)
    • we aim to respond within two months (give or take)
    • if your submission deals with anything related to Mental Health, it’s okay to be real and honest…it’s not okay to be overtly graphic just for the sake of being overtly graphic (Buddy Editors will decide what’s too graphic)
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems per submission, up to 2 pages each poem, 12 point, Times New Roman, single spaced, all in one file, if there is special line formatting send PDF & Word doc of the work  (these types of works are very appreciated, but tend to be difficult to prepare for online or print publication)
  • Fiction: 1 piece per submission, up to 6 pages, 12 point, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced, Word doc.
  • Non-Fiction: 1 piece per submission, up to 6 pages, 12 point, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced, Word doc.
  • Art: Up to three pieces in PDF or similar format
Any submission that does not adhere to any of the above guidelines will, unfortunately, be declined.  We’d really love to read your work, so please follow the guidelines!
Remember to read the disclaimers.

Ready to submit?  Have at it!  Do it on our Submittable page.