Saturday, December 13, 2014

Where to Publish Creative Nonfiction


Below is a list of more than 100 literary journals and magazines that publish personal essays and other creative nonfiction. Some pay. Some don't. I plan to update this list and add to it, so if I missed anything, let me know. Happy publishing!

AARP The Magazine

Afar
http://about.afar.com/about/guidelines-and-terms/writers-guidelines/

AGNI Online
http://www.bu.edu/dbin/agni/
Reading Period: Sept. 1 to May 31
No word count limit

The Archipelago
https://medium.com/the-archipelago
archipelago.pitches@gmail.com

Armchair/Shotgun
https://armchairshotgun.wordpress.com/submit-to-as/
Submissions currently closed

Atlas Review
http://theatlasreview.com/submissions/submission-guidelines-2/
Essays no more than 5,000 words

The Austin Review
http://theaustinreview.org/submit/ 

The Believer
https://believermag.submittable.com/submit

Black Fox Literary Magazine
https://blackfoxlit.submittable.com/Submit
Submission periods are Jan. to June and July to Dec. for summer or winter issues
Essay submissions no longer than 5,000 words

The Boston Globe
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/aboutthemagazine

Connections column: 650-word essays
Perspective column: 800-word essays

Boulevard
http://www.boulevardmagazine.org/projects.html

Submissions not received between May 1 and Oct. 1
Nonfiction submissions up to 8,000 words

Brain, Child
http://www.brainchildmag.com/about/writers-guidelines/
Personal essays between 800 and 4,000 words

Brevity
http://brevitymag.com/submissions/

Essays that are 750 words or fewer

Bustle
http://www.bustle.com/contact
Submissions under 2,000 words

The Butter
https://thebutter.submittable.com/submit
No steadfast guidelines

Buzzfeed
http://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/how-to-pitch-personal-essays-to-buzzfeed-ideas


Cleaver Magazine
https://cleavermagazine.submittable.com/submit
Accepts submissions year-round

Coachella Review
http://thecoachellareview.com/submit.html

Read year-round
5,000 word limit

Creative Nonfiction
https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions
4,500 word limit for nonfiction

Dame Magazine “First Person” column
http://www.damemagazine.com/first-person
editorial@damemagazine.com

Dash

http://www.dashliteraryjournal.com/submit.php

2,000 words or fewer

Dirty Chai
https://dirtychai.submittable.com/submit
Creative nonfiction under 3,500 words
Submission period ends 1.31.15

Dislocate
http://dislocate.umn.edu/submit.html
Not currently taking submissions
5,000 word limit

Drunken Boat
https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit
 
Nonfiction submission period ends 1.1.15
5,000 word limit

Eleven Eleven
http://elevenelevenjournal.com/submit/

Reading period Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
7,000 word limit

Entropy
http://entropymag.org/submission-guidelines/

Epiphany
http://www.epiphanyzine.com/submit.html
Submission period is Jan. 15 to Mar. 15

Eunoia Review
https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/submissions/
  
Eyeshot
http://eyeshot.net/submit.html

Not currently taking submissions

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
http://msupress.msu.edu/journals/fg/index.php?Page=subguide

General submission period: August 15 to November 30
8,000 word limit for general submissions

Fringe Magazine
http://sundresspublications.com/fringe/


The Frisky
http://www.thefrisky.com/submissions/

Fugue
http://www.fuguejournal.com/submit/
Submissions accepted Sept. 1 to May 1

Full Grown People
http://fullgrownpeople.com/submissions/
Essays 800 to 4,000 words

Gloom Cupboard
http://gloomcupboard.com/submission-guidelines/

Prefer nonfiction submissions of 2,000 words or fewer

Granta
https://granta.submittable.com/submit

Usually publish pieces that are 3,000 to 6,000 words
Accepts nonfiction submissions between Oct. 1 and Apr. 1

Guernica 
https://www.guernicamag.com/information/submit/
Nonfiction submissions 3,500 to 7,000 words

HelloGiggles
http://hellogiggles.com/contact

Hippocampus Magazine
http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/submissions/

Essays and memoirs should be no longer than 3,500 words.

The Humber Literary Review
http://humberliteraryreview.com/submissions/
Essays between 2,000 and 6,000 words

Inertia
http://www.inertiamagazine.com/submissions.php

Juked
http://juked.com/info/submit.asp

No word limit
Reading period is year-round

Keyhole
http://keyholepress.com/submit/

Online submissions: no guidelines. “Send whatever you want.”

Knee-Jerk
http://kneejerkmag.com/contact-submit/
Prefer essays fewer than 1,500 words

Literal Latté
http://www.literal-latte.com/submissions/
Accept submissions year-round
Essays up to 6,000 words

Literary Mama
http://www.literarymama.com/submissions

The Literary Review
http://www.theliteraryreview.org/submit/
Essay submissions deadline is 5.31.2015

Litro
http://www.litro.co.uk/submit/
Submissions no longer than 3,000 words

Los Angeles Times – "LA Affairs"
http://www.latimes.com/features/home/articles/la-hm-la-affairs-submission-guidelines,0,992682.htmlstory
Essays: Submission word count is 700 to 900 words.

The Los Angeles Review
http://losangelesreview.org/submissions/
Reading periods: Apr. 1 to Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 to Mar. 1
Essays up to 4,000 words

The Louisville Review
http://www.louisvillereview.org/

Lumina
http://luminajournal.com/submit/

Prose up to 5,000 words

Lunch Ticket
http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/
Reading period is Feb. 1 to Apr. 30
Nonfiction pieces up to 5,000 words

The Magnolia Review
http://themagnoliareview.wordpress.com/

The Manifest-Station
http://themanifeststation.net/submissions/
Essays up to 3,000 words

Marie Claire
http://www.marieclaire.com/about/news/a2709/contact-us/


McSweeney’s  
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/guidelines-for-web-submissions

Midnight Breakfast
http://midnightbreakfast.com/submissions/
1,000 to 10,000 words

Modern Loss
http://modernloss.com/share-story/

Personal essays 600 to 800 words

Monday Night New Lit
http://www.mondaynightlit.com/submit.html
Reading period is Sept. 15 to Dec. 15
Prose up to 5,000 words

Monkey Bicycle
https://monkeybicycle.submittable.com/submit

Nonfiction pieces up to 2,000 words

More Magazine
http://my.more.com/more/file.jsp?item=/help/writersGuidelines

Narrative Magazine
https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission-guidelines

Accept submissions year-round
Essays: 2,000 to 15,000 words

Narratively
http://narrative.ly/contact/


The Nervous Breakdown
http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/submissions/

New Pages – Call for Submissions
Classifieds
http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls-for-submissions

New York Times – "Modern Love" 
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html?_r=0
Essays: Submission word count is 1500 to 1700 words.


The Normal School
http://thenormalschool.com/submission-guidelines/
Reading period is Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 and Jan. 15 to Apr. 15

Orion Magazine
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/mag/guidelines_for_article_submissions/ 
Submissions open in spring
Pieces under 5,000 words

Pacific Standard 
http://www.psmag.com/write-us/

Phoebe
http://www.phoebejournal.com/submissions/
Nonfiction submissions up to 4,000 words

The Pinch Literary Journal
http://www.thepinchjournal.com/submissions/

Accept submissions between Aug. 15 and Mar. 15
Creative nonfiction no more than 5,000 words

Ploughshares
http://www.pshares.org/submit/guidelines.cfm
Reading period is June 1 to Jan. 15 for journal submissions.
Nonfiction fewer than 6,000 words

Post Road Magazine
http://www.postroadmag.com/submit-pre.phtml
Submission periods are Feb. 1 to Apr. 1 and June 1 to Aug. 1

A Public Space
http://www.apublicspace.org/submit/

Submissions accepted from Sept. 15 to Apr. 15

Put A Egg On It
http://www.putaeggonit.com/word/submissions/

Review Review
Classifieds
http://www.thereviewreview.net/classifieds/calls-for-submission

Revolution House
http://revolutionhousemag.com/submissions/
Submissions currently closed

Ricochet Magazine
http://ricochetmag.wordpress.com/submissions/
Submissions currently closed

River Teeth
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/journal/submissions

Submissions are accepted Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 and Jan. 1 to May 1

Role Reboot
http://rolereboot.org/about/submit-your-work/

Essays between 600 and 1,200 words

Rookie
http://www.rookiemag.com/

submissions@rookiemag.com
Pieces are 800+ words

Rosebud Magazine 
http://www.rsbd.net/NEW/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=62
Accept submissions year-round

The Rumpus
http://therumpus.net/about/#WritersGuidelines
Essay submissions of any length

Salamander
http://salamandermag.org/submit-manager/

Reading period is Sept. 1 to Apr. 30

Salon
http://www.salon.com/about/submissions/

Santa Monica Review
http://www2.smc.edu/sm_review/submission_guidelines.htm


Saveur
http://www.saveur.com/article/magazine/contact-us
Features are 500 to 1,500 words

Skirt
http://skirt.com/contributor_guidelines
Essays 800 to 1,100 words
Accept submissions year-round

Slice
http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/
Next reading period is Jan. 1 to Mar. 1 (Theme: “Desire”)
Maximum word count is 5,000

Small Print Magazine
http://smallprintmagazine.com/submission-form/

Submissions up to 8,000 words

Sonora Review
http://sonorareview.com/submit/
Submissions accepted from Sept. 1 to May 1
Pieces under 10,000 words

So to Speak
http://sotospeakjournal.org/submit/

Reading periods are Aug. 20 to Oct. 25 and Jan. 1 to Mar. 15
Essays up to 4,500 words

Southern Humanities Review
http://www.southernhumanitiesreview.com/submit.html

Reading periods are Aug. 1 to Dec. 1 and Feb. 1 to May 1

Star 82 Review
http://www.star82review.com/submissions.html

Pieces up to 1,000 words

Stir
http://www.stirjournal.com/submit/
Pieces 1,500 to 3,500 words

Storyscape

The Sun

http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing
Word count: under 7,000 words

Sundog Lit
https://sundoglit.submittable.com/submit
Nonfiction contest deadline is Jan. 1, 2015
Essays should not exceed 3,000 words.

3:AM Magazine
http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/submissions/

Teen Vogue
http://www.teenvogue.com/my-life

Pitches to Julia_Rubin@condenast.com
Pieces 700 to 2,000 words

Tin House
http://www.tinhouse.com/magazine/submission-guidelines.html
Submissions accepted Sept. 1 to May 31
Deadline is Mar. 15, 2015 for “Theft” theme
10,000 word limit for essays

The Toast
http://the-toast.net/submit/


Under the Sun
http://underthesunonline.com/submissions/
Short essays
Reading period is Aug. 15 to Jan. 2

Vela 
http://velamag.com/about/submission-guidelines/
Essays 2,000 to 6,000 words


Word Riot
http://www.wordriot.org/submissions
Accept full-length personal essays (1,000 to 6,500 words) and short nonfiction pieces (650 words or fewer)

xoJane
http://www.xojane.com/page/xojane-pitching-guidelines


The Yearbook Office
http://yearbookoffice.com/submit

Zyzzyva
http://www.zyzzyva.org/about/submissions/

Accept submissions Jan. 1 through May 31 and Aug. 1 through Nov. 30
No maximum word count

6 comments:

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