This journal exists to be a showcase for creative voices of rural New England. It is published quarterly in electronic format.

We seek original, unpublished personal reflections, poems, photographs, artwork, interviews, photo-essays, and stories of life close to nature in our region. Of particular interest are works that evoke a unique “sense of place”.


All work should have some thematic link to rural New England. Submit with a brief bio including your town and state of residence. Please submit only once before hearing from us. All work should be sent to submissions@cardinalflowerjournal.com.

Poetry: Three to five unpublished poems pasted into the body of an email. The subject line should read: Poetry Submission (your name). Deadline for the Winter Issue is November 30.

Photography: No more than five photographs: if on a seasonal theme, preferably related to the season of the upcoming issue.  Please title photographs and provide information about where the photographs were taken if possible.  Attach to an email with “Photography Submission (your name)” in the subject line.

Personal Reflections/Essays/Fiction/Interviews: Please submit single spaced with word count at the top of the piece. Paste the text into the body of an email with “Prose Submission (your name)” in the subject line.

Cardinal Flower Journal acquires first-time electronic publication rights.  Back issues are archived indefinitely. Rights revert to the author on publication.

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Meet the Editor: Nancy A. Henry has lived and gardened in rural New England for over 30 years. She has three published collections of poetry and various awards; her poems have been featured twice on The Writer’s Almanac.  She has two grown children, both of whom write, read, and love the land. She lives in Wenham, MA with her husband, eight chickens, two geese, and numerous indoor critters, including a “house rooster”. 20150705_183826 20150705_144033

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