Welcome to submissions for Under the Gum Tree, a digital literary magazine. Please scroll down to submit for the appropriate category. Thank you!

Under the Gum Tree Submission Guidelines

1. Please don’t email with questions until you have familiarized yourself with these guidelines and the details on our submit page (http://underthegumtree.com/submit/). Sorry, but we can’t answer emails that ask us to “please send more information about what you’re looking for.” Also, please don’t email us asking whether we have read your submission or if we’re going to publish it. If we decide to publish your piece, you will hear from us. Promise.

2. Under the Gum Tree does not accept queries. Only complete manuscripts sent digitally will be considered. We are a digital publication, after all.

3. Simultaneous submissions and work previously published on your own blog or website are both OK. We do not want submissions of work that has been previously published by someone other than yourself. Under the Gum Tree contributors retain all the rights to their own work.

4. Under the Gum Tree does not compensate contributors.

5. We accept digital submissions only (see below).

6. Yes, we charge a nominal submission fee. This helps us do things like pay our contributors (a goal we are working toward), send complimentary print copies to our contributors and offer a cash prize for our contests.

7. Do not include any identifying information (name, contact information, email, location, etc.) in the file that you submit. Doing so will mean your submisison is automatcially declined.

8. We generally accept submissions for departments and features year-round, but occasionally close when our plate is too full.  

9. Please submit one piece at a time to us. We'd hate to accept all of your work at once! 

10. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be eligible for consideration.

Under the Gum Tree now accepts submissions for consideration to be published on our blog. 

Being an American has never been a simple experience to define. Built on the sacrifice of immigration and dreams of independence, the story of our nation is a complex tapestry of individual heartbreak, achievement, and profound longing. Though America’s current political climate demonstrates the consequences of some of our story’s more powerful characters, each of us represents a subplot that is intimately affected by the overarching narrative. We want to hear how your subplots have been affected; what your experience of being an American is right now. We are looking for original creative nonfiction that relates your honest perspective on America today, and how our recent political shift has impacted you—directly or indirectly, legally or morally, real or imagined.

Submission Guidelines

·      Please limit submissions to 2000 words

·      Submissions may be written (prose or poem) or visual artwork

·      Writers may only submit one piece for consideration

·      Selected submissions will be published to the Under the Gum Tree blog


Under the Gum Tree, Sacramento’s premiere literary arts magazine, seeks a graphic design artist to join its team.

About us: Under the Gum Tree is a quarterly literary arts magazine in its fifth year of publishing. We publish creative nonfiction and visual art in the form of a micro-magazine. We believe in the power of sharing a story without shame. Too much of the human experience gets hidden behind constructed facades based on what we perceive the world expects from us. Stop hiding. Live a story. Tell it without shame. And by without shame, we mean that the authors and contributors featured in our pages own their stories, even the ugly parts, and share it with pure, unadulterated, raw, candid vulnerability.

About you: You are someone who cares about literature, art, and the power of telling true stories. You may be a college student or a beginning freelancer who is looking for ways to build a portfolio of work, or you might be someone with a full-time day job who is looking for an inspiring project where your creative and artistic talent will be valued and appreciated. Either way, you care about affecting the world by making beautiful things that move people deeply. You want to be part of a creative, artistic community and you’re eager to contribute something unique to help our young, small magazine be as successful as it can be.

About the Position: You will consult with the editor/publisher to develop a list of prospects for commercial subscriptions and potential publishing partners. You’ll work independently on contract to sell monthly print subscriptions and partnership packages. This position is not location-specific, and therefore you should feel comfortable reaching out to prospects via email and following up with them by phone.

Ideal Candidates

  • are comfortable taking the initiative to prospect and build relationships with potential partners

  • have existing contacts with like-minded brands

  • have sales experience and know how to close a deal

  • have a knack for chatting with people in a comfortable way that puts them at ease

  • value art, both literary and visual, and understand the importance it has in everyday life

  • care about storytelling and truth-telling

  • understand that artistic endeavors need patrons and see this position as an opportunity to solicit support for something that they believe in

  • have their own necessary equipment and tools, including computer and Internet access

  • have flexible schedules and are comfortable working remotely to collaborate on this project

This is a commission-based position. You will also be listed as staff on the magazine’s masthead and website. We ask for a minimum 1-year commitment.

Include a letter of introduction and your resume. In your letter of introduction, please tell us why you want to work with Under the Gum Tree and how we would benefit from having you on our awesome team of volunteers.

We also consider submissions (2,000 words or more) as featured pieces for any given issue. This longer feature may explore a department topic or any other unspecified topic. Most issues will have two longer features, but we reserve the prerogative to include more than one feature. We might also ask for features on a particular theme, depending on the season and how we're feeling at the time of planning the issue.

We consider submissions (2,000 words or less) for the following departments:

Fork and Spoon: Much of life revolves around food. This department is for stories, and even recipes, on how food, cooking, eating and drinking affect life. The dinner table means different things to each of us—it can be a comfortable place that facilitates intimate communion, but to someone else it might be an awkward place of forced conversation. These food interactions shape us more than we know.

Sound Track: Music sets the tone of a gathering. It changes a mood from depressed to uplifted. This department is for stories on interacting with music and how it interacts with us. Is there a specific song, group or artist that has had a significant impact on your life? Have you had a meaningful live-music experience? Are you a musician who also writes about how music affects the human experience?

24 Frames per Second: This department is for stories on film, perhaps one of the more powerful storytelling mediums. Is there a specific film that has changed you in some way—caused you to think differently or see the world from a new perspective? Are you consistently moved by the work of one particular actor or director?

Stomping Ground: So much of who we are depends on the relationships in our life, blood or otherwise. This department is for stories about family—and we use that term liberally, because isn't the friend you've had since you were 8, almost 9, years old, more like a sister?

Flash: Every issue includes a flash feature, which is a short-short piece of creative nonfiction, under 1,000 words.

IMPORTANT: for submissions to the 1,000 Words photo essay department, please use the Photo & Art category below—do not submit images under this department category.

We consider submissions of visual art and photography. Every issue features two artists: a photographer and a visual artist. Art should be recent, no more than 2 years old, and should be previously unpublished in literary magazines or journals. We do not consider an exhibition or gallery show as previous publication.

1000 Words: a photo* essay, illustrating stories told without shame. Photo essays must be a complete body of work, and we are looking specifically for a story told visually through photographs.

Cover Art: The cover artist also has work featured as section breaks between stories throughout the magazine. Art must be a collection that is a cohesive body of work.

*Photo submissions need to clearly state whether they are a photo essay or general submission.