* All paying submitters will receive a free digital issue of CCR.

Our 2016 Poetry Film Prize Winners & Finalists have been selected! We expect to offer another Poetry Film Contest in 2017. Please check back!


Carbon Culture Review is a journal at the intersection of new literature, art, technology and contemporary culture.  We define culture broadly as the values, attitudes, actions and inventions of our global society and its subcultures in our modern age. Carbon Culture Review is currently distributed in bookstores throughout the United States as well as digitally through 0s&1s, Magzter, and Amazon and is a member of Councils of Literary Magazines and Presses. CCR also publishes monthly online issues. All distribution for CCR is handled nationally by Publisher's Distribution Group, Inc. and internationally by Annas International.


We publish quality poetry, short stories, other literature and artwork that connect in some way with modern technology. We prefer work that is edgy, offers new perspectives, challenges traditional genres and modes of expression and moves or excites us.  



Carbon Culture Review welcomes unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, translations, photography and visual art and read Jan-March and July-Sept, though we accept submissions all year.

We also publish book reviews, art reviews, and articles on new technologies important to our global community (sustainable designs, innovations that solve global issues, and emerging concepts in the information world.) Our vision is to promote the intersection of established and emerging talents in the art, literary, and technology scenes.

GENERAL GUIDELINES: Please include a cover letter on the first page of your submission. Include your name, mailing address, and email address at the top followed by a brief one paragraph bio. All items should be included in one document. Simultaneous works are permitted, but please withdraw work that is accepted elsewhere as soon as possible through Submittable. For partial withdraws, send an email to editorial@carbonculturereview.com.

Please, send one submission per category at a time and wait to hear back about your submission before submitting anything else.

Carbon Culture Review is granted first-publication rights for work selected for the print publication and first electronic rights for work selected for our online digital issue. All rights revert to the author.

Articles, Reviews and Interviews

CCR publishes book reviews, art show reviews, interviews, and articles or essays on new technologies and literary work important to our global community (sustainable designs, innovations that solve global issues, emerging concepts in the information world and other interesting tech and literary intersections.)

All other non-submission letters, comments, and queries not covered in the guidelines should be sent to editorial@carbonculturereview.com.


We charge a $3 service fee for some submissions to help cover the monthly cost of using Submittable. All paying submitters will receive a free digital issue. This fee is about the same that it would cost for postage, gas and envelopes to send your submission by mail. We do, however, read free of charge two times a year in January and July so that everyone has a chance to submit. 

We strive to respond to all submissions quickly--between 6-8 weeks. However, response times can vary, especially during our fee-free months, summer and the holiday season.

All submissions are considered for our annual newsstand print edition and online editions.


We pay contributors to Carbon Culture’s collective cultural record two copies of the issue in which their work appears. We also consider work published in CCR for nomination for various prizes, such as the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, PEN/O'Henry Prize, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Non-required Reading, Best American Poetry, and Verse Daily is also given.  


Carbon Culture Review


Patuxent River, MD 20670

*Please do not send submissions to our mailing address. We only accept submissions through our online Submission Manager. All mailed submissions will not be returned.

**Please note that when you submit to CCR you will be automatically included in our occasional newsletter announcements. You can choose to unsubscribe from them at the bottom of the newsletter. 

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Please submit one or two shorter pieces or one longer piece. Prose should be double-spaced and the total word count should not exceed 7500 words. We do not limit our selections to a specific genre. However, we are looking for quality and craft and are unlikely to select any work with elements included merely for shock value or work that is unreasonably one-sided, preachy, or ranting (having characters who display these elements is acceptable as long as it doesn't dominate the work.)

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Please submit 3-6 unpublished poems, with each poem on a separate page. Each poem should be no longer than fifty lines, though be advised that we do prefer shorter works.

Please submit three to five pieces of your work and a note about the work itself. We are open to images of various artworks in a variety of mediums, including painting, sketches, graphic design, tattoos and pretty much anything that fits a distinctive aesthetic. We are especially interested in art that bridges the gap between the art world and technology. Work may have been exhibited or published as long as the artist retains the rights. All work submitted should be in .jpg format in one .zip file or all pieces in one .pdf file. Higher resolution work will be requested upon acceptance.

Please submit one or two short pieces or one longer piece. The total word count should not exceed 5000 words.

We're looking for unpublished translations that explore language, interpretation and culture. Our aim is to publish brilliant work that would otherwise be unavailable to English speakers and readers. Translations are published alongside the original text. All translations should be accompanied by a translator's note of no more than 500 words and provide relevant information about the translated work.

We are open to various forms of multimedia art for inclusion in our monthly web content and possibly print. If the file type needed to upload your piece is not offered here, please send a one paragraph query letter describing your project and why it would be a good fit for Carbon Culture Review to editorial@carbonculturereview.com