We’re putting all of our eggs in this basket here at Farmer-ish, but we need your help. We’re looking for creative and engaging content on farming, homesteading, raising animals, cooking, making, and raising a family. We want how-to pieces, informational and instructional essays, personal narrative essays, poetry, and more.

General essays and how-to essays should be approximately 1,000 words. Personal narrative essays should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Photographs for recipes and how-to essays should be included when submitting. Poetry can be of any length, though we prefer short to medium.

Be sure to single space after periods.

All work must be owned by you. We aim for original work, but if you have published your work on a personal blog, you can re-purpose it for us.

We pay $50 for essays, profiles, how-to pieces, and recipes. We pay $25 for poems and book reviews.

Farmer-ish Topics

*The following list is not comprehensive but should give you an idea of what we cover.

Farm Animals
Livestock Guardian Dogs
Sustainable Living
Maker Insights and Projects
Simple Living
Canning and Preserving
Food and Health

Farmer-ish Genres

Expository Essays
Personal Essays
Creative Nonfiction
Instructional or How-To Essays
Farmer Profiles
Book Reviews

Be sure to review our About page, as well as past issues, to get an idea of what we’re about before submitting.

Please send submissions in the body of an email message to Please put your proposed title in the subject line of the e-mail and tell us a little about yourself and your publication experience, if any. Please know previous publication is not required.

Pitches are also accepted. Summarize your pitch and provide a brief outline for what you would like to write.

We will reply within two to three weeks.

Deadlines are as follows:

For Summer Solstice 2021 Issue
Theme: On Thoreau

May 30, 2021 for pitches
June 6, 2021 for submissions

Please read the full call for submissions for the Summer Solstice 2021 issue here.

For Fall Equinox 2021 Issue
Theme: Folklore

September 1, 2021 for pitches
September 12, 2021 for submissions

You can find the detailed call for submissions for the Fall Equinox 2021 issue here.

For Winter Solstice 2021 Issue
Theme: Open

November 30, 2021 for pitches
December 10, 2021 for submissions

Please find the detailed call for submissions for the Winter Solstice 2021 issue here.

For 2021 Print Annual

Please check out the detailed call for submissions for our first print annual.

May 15, 2021 for pitches
May 28, 2021 for submissions

*Please note that Farmer-ish is published online quarterly in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. In your pitches and submissions, please indicate which issue you feel would be the best fit for your work. If your topic is not tied to a season, you do not need to note this.