Announcement: If you’ve submitted during the past year, you’ll have noticed that we are behind in our reading. We will not be publishing a Winter Issue so that we can get caught up and will instead be publishing a double-issue in May. You may continue to submit work and all work previously submitted is still under consideration. More information is available here.
All submissions should be creative nonfiction that has a research component. This might be travel writing or science writing or writing about a phenomenon (think McPhee’s Oranges or Roach’s Spook). Or, it might be a personal essay that includes both personal rumination and information gathered through research (think, perhaps, of Dinty Moore’s “Son of Mr. Green Jeans” or Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing”). It might be immersion memoir or immersion journalism or literary journalism or…we’re pretty flexible. Surprise us.
But please do not send us nonfiction without a research component or fiction or poetry. We also do not accept scholarly essays that would be better suited to an academic journal, including literary analysis.
We cannot pay our writers at this time, but we will be strong advocates for your work.
There is no page limit or word count. That being said, we’re not interested in publishing books and very long essays are difficult to read online. We’d love to publish a mix of flash pieces and longer, sustained ones.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but not multiple submissions (a short series of flash pieces is acceptable). Please only send one piece and refrain from sending again until you’ve heard about the first piece.
We do not read submissions from May 1st through August 31st. You are welcome to email submissions during this time, but we won’t read or acknowledge them until the fall.
NB: We have a backlog of submitted work. Our response time is longer than we (and you) would like it to be. We hope this will change soon.
All submissions should be unpublished work.
Please include a brief note with your submission that describes the research component of your essay. Please place your name on the first page of your essay and please include page numbers. Please send your submission as an attachment, either PDF, .rtf, or Word.
Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not accept paper submissions.
Other correspondence can be sent to:
c/o Kelly Grey Carlisle
Trinity University English Dept.
One Trinity Place
San Antonio TX 78212
We’ll do our best to get you a decision in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on our staff’s workload.