Submissions are now closed for Issue 11: Emergence

Our theme for this issue of Tiny Spoon is Emergence: which can mean emergency, emerge, emerging: coming out and being in the world, introducing, opening perspectives, shifting and sliding into new realities. We welcome your creative interpretation of the theme!

Why Emergence? The two founders of Tiny Spoon sat down in Powell’s Books in Portland, OR after attending AWP in Seattle, WA this spring. The spirit of the conference moved within us & through us. It is hard to be a writer, especially navigating the pandemic, yet there were an estimated 10, 000 participants at the conference. That in itself inspires hope, delight, becoming, emerging. We were united with our community, with some of whom we’d only ever met virtually, and it felt like our creative universe was constellating itself in a wonderful harmony. In the misty spring of the Pacific Northwest that welcomes moss and lush green life in unexpected places, Emergence came into being.

It only felt fitting that as we approached our eleventh issue, we ask you to contemplate emergence in time & space with us. We are always thrilled by the work we read and can’t wait to see what you send!

What We Look For:

Here at Tiny Spoon, we are especially interested in experimental work, although not exclusively. If you’ve had trouble finding a home for your work because it doesn’t fit into generally recognized categories, chances are your home is right here with us.

We seek work that pushes the boundaries of conventional genres; work that is daring, experimental, innovative, quirky, thoughtful, vulnerable, electric, eccentric. In other words, your inner workings expanded and exposed, raw and immediate; your fragile soul parted at the seams into our bound paper glossary of tiny wonder. Your voice is beautiful, edgy, infinite, and unique, and we want to raise it.

Please take a moment to review our guidelines before submitting.

We look forward to reading your work!


  • Format text: sent as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf
  • Art: .jpeg or .tif
  • Please label the file “Last Name_Title of Work”
  • Length per piece: 1,000 words max
  • Font: 12 pt Garamond or a similar font
  • Up to three pieces per submission. Any additional work after the first three will not be reviewed. Please refrain from inserting text submissions directly into the body of the email.
  • Please limit to one submission per issue.
  • Simultaneous submissions allowed. Please let us know if it is published elsewhere.
  • Submissions are free!
  • Please provide a one sentence bio about yourself.
  • Cover letters are not required, but you may send one if you’d like. We won’t show preference based on this.
  • You will maintain the rights to your work; if it is published elsewhere or in a collection, we simply ask that you give us credit for first publication.
  • Submitted work will be considered for our print and/or online blog, which allows us to accept more submissions since print space is limited.


Please submit through our official form. Submissions are now closed and form will be open with next submission call.

Upon submitting to Tiny Spoon, we will add you to our monthly newsletter to be sure you are updated on all the latest information regarding submission calls and reading processes so you are always aware of the status of your work. Generally, it takes us 3-6 months to read through our submissions. Please use the newsletter and social media to gauge where we might be in the process in lieu of individual emails–we will always let you know as soon as we have made our final decisions!

Contributor Compensation

For our contributors in the United States, we send a complimentary copy of the issue in which they appear.

If outside of the US, due to budgeting costs, instead of a physical copy, we provide a digital/printable version of the magazine and instructions for assembly.

Help Sustain Tiny Spoon!

As our subscriptions fund our magazine and help us to publish and expand, if you are financially able, we recommend a donation to our tip jar of $2-5 for submissions.