Call for Submissions of Poetry, Short Prose & Art

Humana Obscura is now accepting submissions of poetry, prose/short fiction, and art for its Spring/Summer 2021 issue!

Submissions will remain open until end of February 2021.


While we are open to style, we’re looking for work that is nuanced, raw, and imagistic with strong elements of the natural world or the human-nature relationship.

We prefer free-verse poetry and prose that is accessible to readers, is straightforward, and avoids fancy language and doesn’t try too hard to be clever, to rhyme, or to be confined by syllabic or structural constraints—unless haiku, tanka, micropoetry, or similar.

When it comes to art, we like the subtle, and both the realistic and abstract—think out-of-focus photography and impressionistic smears of colors on a canvas. We love photographs of nature, be it landscapes, animals, or otherwise.

See our inaugural issue for the type of work we publish.

Inside spread of Humana Obscura‘s Fall/Winter 2020 Issue, Out Now

Humana Obscura is an independent, bi-annual literary magazine that seeks to publish the best of new, emerging, and established writers and artists in what we like to call the “nature space.” As our name suggests—”obscured human”—we focus on work where the human element is concealed but not entirely absent, aiming to revive the genre of nature-centric poetry and artwork in today’s modern world while providing a platform for new voices. Humana Obscura is published twice yearly in print and online, and features work from around the world.

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