Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal at Washington College

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Cherry Tree's aesthetic champions image-rich, sonically adventurous poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction which showcase whimsy and wit alongside risk and urgency. In 2016, we introduced "Literary Shade," a section featuring work that responds to and challenges oppressive social structures. Our name recalls the apocryphal story of George Washington’s ax, and we encourage writers to craft new and inventive ways to critique, to re-imagine, and to chop away at literary traditions. We endeavor to serve as both a site of coalescence and protest and a vibrant archive of human thought and feeling.

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Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Washington College
Primary Editor/Contact Person
James Allen Hall
Contact Title
Contact Email
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry
Recent Awards Received
"Archeology" by Kevin Prufer (from Issue 6) was included in Best American Poetry 2020.
Representative Authors
Vievee Francis, Matthew Olzmann, Aaron Smith
Submissions Policy
Cherry Tree reads submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from August 1--October 1, 2022. We regret that we cannot respond to submissions received outside of our reading period window. We only consider original, unpublished work. All accepted work is considered for our special "Literary Shade" feature. We purchase First North American serial rights. Payment is $20 per contributor and two contributor's copies. Submissions are only accepted via Submittable (except for currently incarcerated writers). Please familiarize yourself with our mission statement and guidelines before submitting. Our $3 reading fee will help us pay contributors and defray publication costs. 10% of these fees will be donated to local organizations dedicated to youth empowerment. The editors will match the donation with a personal donation (up to $500). Please send no more than 5 poems, 5 flash prose pieces, or 20 total pages of prose uploaded as a single file. Use the comments section to enter a cover letter, then click submit. Please include contact information, including a phone number. Simultaneous submissions are fine. If any of the submission is accepted elsewhere, please notify us by adding a note to your submission in Submittable. We will happily consider the remaining work in your original submission. If you need to withdraw a submission entirely and want to submit a new submission, you can do so by paying another reading fee. Cherry Tree does not allow any revisions to submissions during the reading period. Rest assured that typos and other minor mistakes will not deter us from accepting otherwise outstanding work. If your work is accepted, you will be allowed to make necessary corrections prior to publication. We welcome work in translation that has not yet been published in English. It is the translator’s responsibility to secure all necessary permissions before submitting. If your work has been published in a previous issue of Cherry Tree, please wait 2 years before submitting again. For example, if you were published in Issue 7, please wait to submit again until we are reading work for Issue 9. Further queries may be directed to editor James Allen Hall. All submissions will receive a response by the end of November. Writers currently incarcerated may send paper submissions to: James Allen Hall c/o Rose O'Neill Literary House, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 or via email to [email protected].
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 08 / 01 - 10 / 01
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
cash, copies, subscription
Number Of Paid Staff
Year Founded
Literary House Press
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
Average Number Of Pages