Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the summer issue open April 1 and close April 30. We will reply to all submissions in that window. No theme and no fees EVER!

Our autumn issue will be themed, focusing on writing about and writers from the Hudson Valley and upstate NY areas. Nature poems get a slight preference. We will not read for this issue until late summer, so keep an eye out for that.

Thank you!

Hobo Camp Review is a quiet, tucked-away place where any poet, artist, or storyteller can rest their weary feet and share their story over a crackling fire. Travelers and transients of all backgrounds and styles are welcomed. Share something with a sense of vagrancy, a little sparkle and a little dust, something that shows your mileage, your shadows and angles, and offers a hint of nostalgia, anything that sounds great by a campfire with a train calling in the distance. Be original. Be honest. Be from anywhere. Be going somewhere. Remember what happens in between and tell us all about it. 

How to Submit
  • Please submit once per issue and place your work and bio in the body of the email
  • Send up to four poems, and/or one story or essay in your bindle. Regarding prose: the shorter the better. 
  • No simultaneous submissions, please. We keep our window open for a very short time and we aim to respond within that period. We try to respond to every single submission, but if we miss you in the night, our apologies. Remind us and we'll take a look. 
  • Submissions sent outside of our open calls posted here will not be read.
  • We are open to previously published work, but we prefer if you give us a new adventure.
  • If you appeared in the last issue, wander a bit longer before taking a spot by the fire again. 
  • We're delighted to accept offers to review your book, 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.
  • While there's no payment, we try to give out cash awards and prizes when we're able to do so. This happens at irregular intervals.
  • Please send subs to (**We no longer check the old Hotmail address**) 

Legal Notification: Upon publication in Hobo Camp Review, all rights revert to the author. However, Hobo Camp Review reserves the right to publish your accepted material in any future print version of the review.

If your work was published in Hobo Camp Review first and is republished elsewhere, be it a blog, book, or other magazine, please mention us. That's awful kind of you, and it's kinda rude not to.

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…


  1. The hobo asks,
    'gotta dime, brudda?'
    Saint Paul sed,
    'No, but what I do have
    is eternal life...'
    (Im like Paul HintHint)

    1. If ya don't get Raptured,
      follow me to Heaven by
      MARTYRDOM - guillotines
      rock: all-over within a split
      second N you're Upstairs.
      Make Your Choice -SAW
      ☆ ☆
      GBY x-tra.
      Cya soon.


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!