Terra Preta Review seeks to unearth phenomenal writing. We welcome your submissions of poetry, translation, creative non-fiction, craft essays, literary reviews, art, collage, and photography. We accept work by writers and artists of all levels of experience, and are especially interested in submissions from members of marginalized communities - BIPOC, LGBTQI2+, womxn, refugees, immigrants, creators old and young, and those who are neurodiverse or differently-abled. We aren't accepting fiction at this time. Read our home page manifesto and check out a list of writers we love for a fuller sense of our interests. 

We don't have calls for themed submissions at this time. We like fierce, vulnerable, honest work with strong craft and authentic voice. We like writing that's more interested in exploring questions than defining answers.

Terra Preta Review will be published online quarterly, each June, September, December, and March. We consider submissions on a rolling basis. Our first issue will be published in June 2019.

We only accept submissions through Submittable.

  • You can submit for free, or make a contribution if you're able; we do offer expedited response for a minimum contribution, but please know that money does not guarantee acceptance.
  • No previously published work, including work you've published on your personal social media or website.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, with immediate notification if your work is accepted elsewhere; please note that we do not issue refunds.
  • We pay accepted contributors from submissions proceeds as well as making a donation to a social justice-related non-profit at the launch of each edition. You can see how proceeds are shared here.

Accepted work will be published online at terrapretareview.org and featured on our Instagram feed. We retain first North American serial rights; feel free to reprint it elsewhere with attribution.


We accept up to 6 poems per submission. Please include all six poems in a single document, with each poem starting on a new page. If you're sending poems in translation, please also include the poems in their language of origin and statement of permission/rights from the original poet.

To learn more about what we love in writing, please visit our home page and about page.

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We strive to respond within three months. We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). To send a tip jar submission, please use the Tip Jar: Poetry form instead of this one. Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.


We accept up to six poems per submission. Please include all poems in one document, with each poem starting on a new page. If you're sending poems in translation, please also include the poems in their language of origin and statement of permission/rights from the original poet. 

To learn more about what we love in writing, please visit our home page and about page.

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). This is the tip jar submission form; if you can't or don't want to send money with your submission, please go back and use the Poetry form, and we'll strive to respond within three months. Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.

We accept one work of creative nonfiction, ideally no more than 3500 words, per submission. In this category, we're looking for well-written deep dives into some aspect of being-in-the-world. We're especially interested in focused exploration of a way you navigate the systems of oppression present in your everyday life, the interstices where you find ways to survive or even thrive, and your thoughts on how we as individuals and collectively can push back against and work towards eradicating those oppressions.

To learn more about what we love in writing, please visit our home page and about page.

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We strive to respond within three months. We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). To send a tip jar submission, please use the Tip Jar: Creative Nonfiction form instead of this one. Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.

 We accept one work of creative nonfiction, ideally no more than 3500 words, per submission. In this category, we're looking for well-written deep dives into some aspect of being-in-the-world. We're especially interested in focused exploration of a way you navigate the systems of oppression present in your everyday life, the interstices where you find ways to survive or even thrive, and your thoughts on how we as individuals and collectively can push back against and work towards eradicating those oppressions. 

To learn more about what we love in writing, please visit our home page and about page.

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). This is the tip jar submission form; if you can't or don't want to send money with your submission, please go back and use the Creative Nonfiction form, and we'll strive to respond within three months. Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.

Use this category to submit essays on craft or literary reviews. We prefer essays up to 3500 words and reviews up to 1500 words. Shorter is fine. Experimenting with/full-on breaking the essay form is fine, as is staying with the traditional form. We're open; the main thing we're interested in is what moves you so deeply about this craft element or this book that you HAVE to write about it. Bring your passion.  

To learn more about what we love in writing, please visit our home page and about page.

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). This is the tip jar submission form; if you can't or don't want to send money with your submission, please go back and use the Craft & Criticism form, and we'll strive to respond within three months.  Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.

 Please submit up to three original works of art. We're interested in paintings, drawings, photography, collage, mixed media, pretty much anything you can reasonably scan at high resolution. We like a really wide variety of style. We're looking for fierce, vulnerable, honest work. 

To learn more about what we love, please visit our home page and about page

We publish quarterly and accept submissions on a rolling basis. To be considered for the June 2019 issue, the submission deadline is April 21st. For the September 2019 issue, the deadline is July 23rd. For the December 2019 issue, the deadline is October 21st. For the March 2020 issue, the deadline is January 20th.

We respond to tip jar submissions within two weeks (payment does NOT guarantee acceptance, please note), because capitalism (sorry). This is the tip jar submission form; if you can't or don't want to send money with your submission, please go back and use the Visual Art form, and we'll strive to respond within three months. Thanks. 

We pay contributors a share of quarterly proceeds from any income TPR receives. Read about our financial policy here

Questions? Check the website thoroughly, and if you don't find the answer there, please email us.