Guernica welcomes submissions from writers and visual artists at all stages of their careers. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to record high volume of submissions, fiction and poetry submissions are closed until January 2018. Thank you.

Please read the following guidelines in their entirety. We are currently accepting submissions in the following categories:

Shortform nonfiction - News, Reviews, Commentary (including op-eds and essays), and Q&As, typically of less than 2,500 words.

Longform nonfiction - Essays, Memoir, Reportage, and Interviews of typically 2,500 - 7,500 words

Fiction - submissions are currently closed

Poetry - submissions are currently closed 

Photo essays and short videos

  • 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.
  • We provide modest honoraria for most poetry, fiction, multimedia and longform nonfiction pieces, including essays, memoir, interviews, profiles, and reportage. The exact amount is determined on a per piece basis.
  • We typically do not pay for shortform pieces, including but not limited to news, reviews, Q&As, and commentary under ~2,500 words.
  • 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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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 welcome submission in longform nonfiction (typically 2,500 - 7,500 words) across the genres of memoir, essay, reportage, and interview.

If a piece is particularly time sensitive, please indicate "TIMELY" in the subject line.

Please title your document according to the convention "AuthorLastName_ShortTitle_WordCount"
e.g. Lorde_MastersTools_1500.doc

We read all submissions carefully; please allow 8-10 weeks for a response. 
We welcome shortform nonfiction submissions of typically less than 2,500 words in the following categories:

News - current events reporting
Reviews - critiques of books, film, exhibitions and other cultural forms
Q&A - short, question and answer format interviews 
Commentary - critical or first-person essays 

If a piece is particularly time sensitive, please indicate "TIMELY" in the subject line.

Please title your document according to the convention "AuthorLastName_ShortTitle_WordCount" 
e.g. Lorde_MastersTools_1500.doc

We read all submissions carefully; please allow 8-10 weeks for a response.