Peregrine Guidelines

Peregrine Guidelines

Peregrine has provided a forum for national and international writers since 1983 and is committed to finding exceptional work by both emerging and established writers. We seek work that is unpretentious, memorable, and that reflects diversity of voice. We accept only original and unpublished poetry and short stories. Electronic submissions only. No work for or by children. Peregrine, published by Amherst Writers & Artists Press, is staffed entirely by volunteers and cannot offer payment to contributors at this time. All decisions are made by the editors—all published writers—after all submissions have arrived, so our response time may be slower than that of other literary journals. We welcome simultaneous submissions.

Poetry: 3 single-spaced one-page poems; each poem limited to 40 lines & spaces. We seek poems that inform and surprise us. We appreciate fresh and specific imagery and layered metaphors, but not excessive verbiage, abstractions or clichés. We will not consider inspirational poetry, greeting-card verse, religious tirades, or nostalgia.

Prose: Very short fiction, typed and double-spaced, 750 words max. (include word count on first page); shorter stories have a better chance.

To submit, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a brief cover letter in the body and one file (.docx, .doc, or .rtf) of the work you are offering as an attachment.



Kate Frank, Peregrine Managing Editor & AWA Affiliate
Amherst Writers & Artists