Passager is a nonprofit journal and book press that publishes authors over 50. We want to bring attention to older writers and to encourage imagination throughout our lives.


Passager is a nonprofit journal and book press that celebrates writers over 50. Writers must be age 50 or older at the time of publication to submit.

Submission Guidelines

Submission period: July 15 – September 15

Publication: January/February

Accepted genres: poetry, memoir, short fiction 

Up to 5 poems, 40-line max ea. OR 4,000 words of prose


Writers must be age 50 or older by February 1, 2025 to submit. 

Include a cover letter and brief bio.

Include your name and contact information on each page (even when submitting online).

$5 reading fee for Submittable (hard copy submissions are free

No previously published work will be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

No email entries accepted.

We urge you to become familiar with Passager before submitting. Read samples of past issues or order sample copies.

Contributors in this issue will receive a complimentary copy upon publication. Due to the recent surges in international shipping, contributors outside the U.S. will receive a digital copy.

Entries should be submitted by midnight EST on September 15, 2024


Please note:

Passager has always been about welcoming new voices and giving readers a broad range of the best work by older writers. We wish we could afford to print all the poems and prose we love. Since we can’t, we often (reluctantly!) must make hard choices.

So, if you have had work in a recent issue of Passager, please read on. 

When submitting to the Winter Issue, please wait 2 issue cycles (a year and a half) before submitting again. If you were published in the 2024 Winter Issue (#76) or the forthcoming 2024 Poetry Contest issue (#77), you would not submit to this issue. We’ll be happy to see your work again next year.

Our Commitment to Diversity:

At Passager, our mission is to encourage writers and readers to find their creative place in the world. We are committed to creating a literary environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. All submissions receive consideration for publication without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, education, or veteran status. Our inclusive culture empowers all of us to connect, belong, create, and grow.  

If you have a question that wasn't answered here, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Submitting page before writing to Ruby at

All writers will be notified of a decision by November 15, 2024.

Thank you for sending us your work!