The Hopper


We are accepting submissions for The 2020 Hopper Poetry Prize until July 31, 2020.

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.

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

The Hopper,  a literary magazine from Green Writers Press, is open for submissions of full-length manuscripts to its 2020 Hopper Poetry Prize. This contest is open to poets with an identified interest in the natural world and whose work explores issues tied to our ever-changing environment. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by Lisa Kwong and will be published by Green Writers Press as a collection in 2021. The winning poet will also receive $500 in prize money.

The competition is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Publication is contingent on the poet’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is an entry fee of $25, and manuscripts may be uploaded via Submittable. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
1.    Submissions must be original, book-length poetry manuscripts written in the English language. Translations are not accepted.
2.   Poets may submit several manuscripts, but an entry fee must be paid for each submission.
3.   The manuscript must be a minimum of 45 pages and a maximum of 90 pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start on a new page.
4.   When formatting the manuscript, please make it legible. All documents must be typed/word-processed. Please select a  standard typeface (such as Bodoni, Garamond, or Times New Roman) in at least 12-point type. Manuscripts may be single-spaced, double-spaced, or 1.5-spaced.
5.   The Hopper Poetry Prize reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Schedule of Proceedings:
April 15, 2020–July 31, 2020: Submissions open
August-September 2020: Deliberations
September 30, 2020: Winner notified
October 1, 2020: Winner announced
Fall–Winter 2020: Editing and designing of book
2021: Book published

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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