Submission Guidelines

What We Like:
We like travelers, troubadours, and transients of all shapes and sizes, especially those who can spin a good yarn, one with a sense of vagrancy, dark yet jovial and humble in the most outlaw manner possible. While we like to envision Steinbeck, Li Po, McCullers, Bukowski, and Kerouac sitting around a campfire eating hot dogs and beans with a stray dog named Tom Waits wagging his tail at their feet, we don’t want a rehash. We’ve been eating hash here for months and we’re sick of it. Be original. Be honest. Be on the move. We like tales from the road, Beat-ish poems with a little sparkle and a little dust, and stories that sound good by the firelight with the train running somewhere in the distance, but that doesn’t mean that’s all we like. Try us, we’re an easy going lot. We like to laugh, but we’re just as apt to get all sentimental about home. Either way, it’ll be time to move on soon, so nothing too long. Get creative, get entertaining, and get talking.

How to Submit:
1) Please submit once per issue. We typically have 3-4 issues per year.

2) Please, no attachments (artwork is okay to attach). Copy and paste your text into the body of the bindle.

3) Please send any combination of the following: one short story, one travel piece/essay, up to 4 poems, and/or up to 4 pieces of artwork/photos per submission bindle. This means you can send fiction and poetry and an article all in one email, but please don't send more than noted above for each.

4) Regarding fiction: the shorter the better. We typically don't publish fiction over 1,000 words.

5) We'd love to publish guest columns, reviews, interviews, etc. Please query first.

6) We accept offers to review books, but we can't guarantee a review will appear in HCR even if we accept, for a multitude of reasons. Time, taste, and temperament are all factors at play here.

7) Please no simultaneous submissions, and we no longer accept previously published work. Give us a new adventure!

8) Sadly, there is no payment for work just yet (we are hobos after all and this magazine is a labor of love), but we do have random cash prizes and awards from time to time.

9) Please allow at least two months to pass before assuming the camp moved on without you. Query after that. We promise to respond to every single submission, regardless of acceptance or rejection, so hold tight. If we miss you in the night, our apologies. Remind us and we'll take a look.

10) Title your submission like so: “Submission–Your Name” and send to to hobocampreview [at] Include a short bio and any links to your website/blog. Please keep bios brief. We reserve the right to shorten bios.

Legal Notification: Upon publication in Hobo Camp Review, all rights revert to the author. However, Hobo Camp Review reserves the right to publish your submitted material in any future print version of the review. If your work was published in Hobo Camp Review first and is republished elsewhere, please mention us. That's awful kind of ya.

All work displayed at Hobo Camp Review is copyrighted, so don’t get sticky fingers or we’ll turn you in at the next town. We're serious. A hobo with a grudge and a lot of time on his hands isn't something you want to deal with.

Guidelines are subject to change, so check back now and then. Thanks for stopping by the Camp, and we'll see you on the road…


The views and opinions expressed throughout belong to the individual artists and may or may not coincide with those of the other artists (or editors) represented within the magazine. Hobo Camp Review supports a free-for-all atmosphere of artistic expression, so enjoy the poetry, fiction, opinions, and artwork within, read with an open mind, and comment wisely. Thanks for stopping by the Camp!