The Hopper


We are accepting submissions for Issue V: Paradise until February 29, 2020.

Paradise has long been a trope in literature. Yet imagining what paradise could look like from today’s vantage point―in the midst of climate crisis, mass extinction, and environmental injustice―feels impossible, almost radical. Paradise, in its many forms and anti-forms, forces us to interrogate narratives of environmental and cultural conquest, purity, and catastrophe. For our fifth annual print issue, we’re looking for work that reaches forward and backward, rewriting the past and imagining the future. We welcome poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that address ideas of restoration, solastalgia, futurism, worlds where paradise already is, and worlds where paradise might never be. What is paradise? More importantly, what could it be? How do we (and how could we) understand paradise as it intersects with the continuing legacies of colonialism, crisis, injustice, and exclusion? What is the cost of paradise? Can it be achieved? And would we know it if we found it? 

We encourage submissions relevant to The Hopper’s mission and this theme from all writers and artists, with particular welcome extended to writers of historically silenced and/or marginalized populations.

Work already submitted to The Hopper that has not yet received a response will be considered for both online and print.

The Hopper is a lively environmental literary magazine from Green Writers Press. On our site you will find interviews, stories, essays, poetry, and art. These forms are paths towards an invigorated understanding of nature's place in human life and part of a new phase in nature writing that seeks to include a modern consciousness in narratives of place.

We publish nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art on our website each month. The departments—Room For Craft and Heirlooms—are updated on a rolling basis. We also review submissions for our annual print issue, usually during the winter months.

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We're interested in work that:

Offers new and different articulations of the human experience in nature. Specifically, nature writing that is psychologically honest about the environmental crisis and the impacts of mechanical modernity.
Explores place as both the cultural and physical landscapes of an author’s region.
Uses language to gain new insights into the natural world.
Uses the natural world to gain new insights into language.
Questions the division between nature and culture, wilderness and civilization.
Interrupts the purely human narrative with non-human actors and speakers.
Includes digital consciousness in the experience of the physical world.
Investigates environmental injustice and how race, place, and space are all subject to policing.
Interrogates and/or repurposes cliches for the needs of today.
Elevates voices that were previously not often heard from in this sub-genre.
Seeks to question instead of proclaim.
Is well written and deeply considered as well as feisty and brisk on occasion.

We ask for first digital and print rights, as well as the option to publish the piece in our annual print edition. We also ask for archival rights.

Nonfiction submissions to The Hopper must be no more than 4,000 words and are limited to the following:
  • Personal nature essays 
  • Literary recipes
  • Narrative longform journalism
Please see our previously published nonfiction here:

Short Fiction entries run under 4,000 words.

Please see previously published fiction here

Poetry should include no more than five poems. Please include all poems in one Word document, beginning each poem on a new page.

For examples of previously published poetry, please visit

The Hopper accepts photographs, drawings, paintings, collages, and images of other forms of artwork (sculpture, landscaping, architecture). 

For examples of previously published artwork, please visit

Heirlooms are book reviews of nonfiction and fiction works that have played an important role in the environmental movement or have otherwise contributed to the literature of environmental consciousness. 

Book reviews should be between 500 and 1,500 words.

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