Thank you for your interest in submitting to Guernica. You'll find guidelines for each department below.  Our reading times are, on average, 12-16 weeks, though they can be longer. We're an all-volunteer staff, and we're grateful for your patience.

Please take care to submit to the correct section. If you've submitted to the wrong category, when we reach your work you'll receive an automatic rejection and instructions to resubmit (and you'll be at the back of the queue).

We welcome simultaneous submissions but we ask that you withdraw your work if it is accepted elsewhere -- even if you haven't heard from us in awhile. We read every submission, and it will be greatly appreciated if you withdraw work that is no longer available.

Please include your email address at the top of the manuscript you submit.

We look forward to reading your work.

Debuted in our special issue, On Dirt, "Sketches" are short-form, poetic essays reflecting on a single thing or idea. We will publish 12 of these in 2022, and we will begin accepting submissions on January 3.

Consult the debut sketches as a model:



Micro-essays, up to 300 words, for Instagram, in dialogue with work Guernica has published. See our inaugural #writeback for inspiriation. We don't have a budget for these, but we have a lot of love for experimenting with how to to be in conversation with each other, and with work we love. Join us?

This form is for reported features of all types in excess of 3,000 words. We will not review any other kind of work submitted through this channel.

If a piece is particularly urgent, please indicate that by adding "TIMELY" to the subject line.

We do not accept pitches. Please send the full manuscript you’d like us to work with.

Response times vary; please be patient, as we read and consider all submissions carefully.

  • 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 do not accept pitches. 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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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. Translations may have appeared in their original languages, but not in English.
  • Guernica  will hold exclusive print and digital rights to your published piece for 90 days, after which you will retain the rights; your story will remain archived online.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization. Allow at least sixteen weeks for a response. Response time will likely be longer than either of us would like.
  • Guernica offers honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage.

This form is for nonfiction submissions of all types in excess of 3,000 words. This includes essays, memoir, and criticism.

If a piece is particularly urgent, please indicate that by adding "TIMELY" to the subject line.

We do not accept pitches. Please send the full manuscript you’d like us to work with.

Response times vary; please be patient, as we read and consider all submissions carefully. 

  • 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 Guernica     editors that your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept pitches. 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. Translations may have appeared in their original languages, but not in English.
  • Guernica  will hold exclusive print and digital rights to your published piece for 90 days, after which you will retain the rights; your story will remain archived online.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization. Allow at least sixteen weeks for a response. Response time will likely be longer than either of us would like.
  • Guernica offers honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage.

This form is for nonfiction submissions of all types between 1,000 and 3,000 words. This includes essays, memoir, reviews, and criticism.

If a piece is particularly urgent, please indicate that by adding "TIMELY" to the subject line.

We do not accept pitches. Please send the full manuscript you’d like us to work with.

Response times vary; please be patient, as we read and consider all submissions carefully.

  • 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 Guernica     editors that your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept pitches. 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. Translations may have appeared in their original languages, but not in English.
  • Guernica  will hold exclusive print and digital rights to your published piece for 90 days, after which you will retain the rights; your story will remain archived online.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization. Allow at least sixteen weeks for a response. Response time will likely be longer than either of us would like.
  • Guernica offers honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage.
  • We only publish original, unpublished poetry. Your  work must not have been published elsewhere, including on your personal  website or blog. Work in translation may have appeared elsewhere, but  not in English.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please notify us if the poem is published elsewhere.
  • You may submit up to five poems at one time, but please do not submit more than one poetry submission at a time to Guernica.
  • Guernica will  hold exclusive print and digital rights to the published poem for 90  days, after which our rights become non-exclusive; your poem will remain on our website in perpetuity.
  • Guernica offers honoraria of $50 for poetry.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization, and we reply to poetry submissions within, approximately, twelve weeks.

This form is for fiction submissions, which should be no fewer than 1,500 and no more than 7,000 words. Please submit only one story, or one excerpt from an unpublished novel, at a time.

Submissions sent in hard copy or via email will not be considered. We do not consider flash fiction or genre, nor do we serialize longer works.

Guernica strongly prefers fiction with a diverse international outlook—or if it's 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 don't publish fiction that is more political screed than story. 

We must have exclusive rights for 90 days after publication, and we'd appreciate credit if your piece appears in a forthcoming book.

  • 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 Guernica     editors that your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept pitches. 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. Translations may have appeared in their original languages, but not in English.
  • Guernica  will hold exclusive print and digital rights to your published piece for 90 days, after which you will retain the rights; your story will remain archived online.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization. Allow at least sixteen weeks for a response. Response time will likely be longer than either of us would like.
  • Guernica offers honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage.

Should you find any trouble submitting here, you may also go through our landing page on Submittable.