The Grief Diaries publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and artwork  that relate in some way to grief, loss, or mourning. The term “grief”  is open to interpretation. We are looking for powerful, moving works of  art that speak to the incredible journey of living after we have lost. Please allow 3-5 months for us to review your submission. 

As we prepare for our upcoming special anniversary issue, our regular submissions are currently closed. Please see below for our special calls for submissions for our fourth anniversary issue. 

Submission size guidelines:  

Poetry: up to 6 poems
Prose: up to 3,000 words
Art/photography: up to 10 pieces 

A note on submitting previously published work: Please be advised that we are unable to accept work that has been previously published online. We are, however, able to accept work that has been previously published in print.

The Grief Diaries is currently accepting submissions for a special feature to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. We are interested in showcasing expressions of grief from writers who fall within the umbrella of LGBTQIA+ identity—in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative, and hybrid writing. The deadline for this special feature is June 21.


Please note that this form is only intended for submissions responding to our call for work about Stonewall. Do not submit general submissions to this form; general submissions sent to this form will be rejected. 

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