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General Submission Guidelines
Welcome and thank you for submitting to Guernica. Please read these guidelines in their entirety.
- We accept only electronic submissions using the Submittable system.
- Please one submission at a time, no multiple submissions.
- Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, as long as you immediately notify the Guernica editors that your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
- With rare exceptions, writers are not compensated.
- We rarely accept nonfiction submissions solely from the pitch. To avoid delayed responses, please send the full manuscript you’d like us to work with.
- We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts. Your work must not have been published elsewhere, including on your personal website or blog. (If it's a translation, the translation must not have been published. The non-English version may have been.)
- Guernica will hold exclusive rights (on the Internet and in print) to your piece for 90 days, after which you will retain the rights; your story will remain archived online. Please see our detailed submission terms below.
- Should your work be published in a collection at some later date, we’d appreciate the standard acknowledgment.
- Allow at least eight weeks for a response.
- Format the document correctly: put only one space between each of your sentences, not typewriter default of two spaces.
- By submitting your work, you are acknowledging that you agree to all of the following Terms and Conditions should we select to use your work for our publication.
- We publish nonfiction on a variety of topics, in a variety of voices, from a variety of perspectives. Reading the magazine closely generally provides the best guideline. Our nonfiction features generally run between 3,500 and 7,000 words.
We only review completed manuscripts; please send only finished work.
Please note that we do not publish academic essays or book reviews.
We look forward to reviewing your work.Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtfSubmit »
Length: between 400 and 1,800 words.
Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. We also syndicate selected pieces from partners like Tom Dispatch and Alternative Radio.
We look for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Please read some recent pieces to get a sense of what we publish before submitting.
We prefer finished pieces but will consider well-thought-out pitches.Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtfSubmit »
No fewer than 1,200 words and no more than 4,500 words/one story or one UNPUBLISHED excerpt from a novel, per submission.
Guernica strongly prefers fiction with a diverse international outlook—or if American, from an underrepresented or alternative perspective. (No stories about American tourists in other countries, please.)
Works in translation are especially welcome as long as we will have the rights to publish the piece. Guernica tends to publish stories that have a beginning, middle, and end; fiction that enlightens the reader about culture and place. We don’t publish satire or genre. We must have exclusive rights for 90 days after publication, and we'd appreciate credit if your piece appears in a forthcoming book.
Fiction appearing in Guernica that exceeds our 4,500-words guideline is usually solicited. Stories that are too-short for us will not be accepted, unless solicited or grouped into numbers of two or more that meet our word count. Note that we are primarily a home for longform fiction. We do not serialize work over multiple issues.
PEN Guernica Flash Fiction is SOLICITED ONLY. No submissions will be accepted for that section.
If you have an ARC for us to read and consider for an excerpt:
Meakin Armstrong Guernica PO Box 219 Cooper Station NY NY 10276-0219. (Note: we prefer electronic manuscripts and this address is for ARCs only—no submissions or review copies. Please send ARCs as far in advance as possible.)Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtfSubmit »
We prefer the full interview manuscript rather than a pitch. All interviews must contain an introduction (check our Interviews archive for examples). If your interview emphasizes anywhere how lucky you were to get time with your subject, your subject’s generosity in sitting down with you, or otherwise sycophantic feints, we are less likely to run it. Please allow eight weeks before querying about the status of your submission.Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtfSubmit »
- Please send up to five poems of any length. Translations are welcome. If you need to withdraw an individual poem, you can add a note to your submission.Accepted Document Types: doc, docxSubmit »
- Text Submissions
Guernica publishes art-related writing that engages with a wide range of timely critical, cultural and political issues. We promote perspectives that demonstrate an international outlook and a strong commitment to examining art’s interaction with the world at large.
We prefer full-length, previously unpublished submissions between 500 and 2,500 words. Only highly original, innovative and well-considered pitches are considered.
Please note that we do not accept academic essays, book or exhibition reviews.
Art and Film Submissions
Video submissions should be less than 8 minutes in length and permanently accessible on a third party hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo. Please send a link to no more than one work.
Artist and project profiles can take the form studio visits, portfolio views, and short interviews. Please send no more than 10-15 images along with a 150-word description of the project submitted for publication.Accepted Document Types: pdf, docSubmit »
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