Submissions Are OPEN

We’re changing how we do submissions. Until further notice, submissions are ALWAYS open. Instead of opening and closing submissions, we will be announcing response periods as they open and close. Right now, responses for issue 2 are closed. Submissions received after Oct. 13 will be held until our next reading period, which is December 1-13, 2022.

  • Please only submit original, unpublished works.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • Once a work is published by us, you are free to publish it anywhere else. We ask you to acknowledge that the work was first published with Exist Otherwise, but we do not require this.
  • We do not claim any rights to your work beyond the initial publication in EO (online and in PDF). This includes archival rights. All published contributors have the right to withdraw their work from Exist Otherwise at any time, for any reason.

Theme & Prompt

Each issue of Exist Otherwise will have a theme and a prompt. The theme will be a quote from Claude Cahun, and the prompt will be a piece of her art. Submissions that respond to a theme or prompt will be given some priority, but we will consider all submissions.


We pay $10 per published work. We know it’s not much, but as a brand-new journal being funded out of pocket, it’s what we can afford. As we grow, we hope to be able to pay more.

Submission Form

If you have any questions or if you have any problems with this form, you may also contact us by email: existotherwise@gmail. You may also submit your work by email to that address. Just make sure to include, Your Name, Your Email, and Title (if appropriate), along with your work. Multiple poems (up to 3) and photographs (up to 4) may be submitted in a single email. It’s helpful if you include your name in the subject of your message.

Please do not include a bio or link with your submission. We will request those if your work is accepted.

Please don’t use this form for anything other than submitting work. If you would like to get in touch please either use our Contact Form or email us at existotherwise@gmail. You can also find us on Twitter or Instagram: @existotherwise.