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

Please read the following guidelines in their entirety. We are currently accepting submissions in the following categories:
Shortform nonfiction - News, reviews, commentary, and criticism, typically 1,000 - 3,000 words.

Longform nonfiction - Essays, memoir, and reportage, typically 3,000 - 7,500 words.

Fiction - Short stories or excerpts from unpublished novels, typically 1,500 - 7,000 words. Note that we do not publish flash fiction or genre pieces. 

Poetry - Please send 4 - 5 poems in a single file. Translations welcome.

  • 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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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 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.

Editorial Assistant

Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/week, 1 year commitment. Remote.

For 17 years, Guernica has been publishing creative work at the intersection of art and politics and beyond. We publish daily content, special issues, and collaborations with other publications for more than 1 million annual readers, and run an active events program. We are an all-volunteer team and we take our role in the literary, journalistic, and criticism communities seriously.

As an editorial assistant, you’ll be a key player in producing our magazine. You’ll work alongside four other editorial assistants and you’ll work in collaboration with another editor at the magazine on one key area of support, which will be determined based on the skills of the editorial assistants.

Key Responsibilities

  • Fact-check non-fiction pieces
  • Format text, images, and audio files and uploading them in WordPress
  • Light copy-editing
  • Assist with finding art and illustrations online
  • Read and evaluate unsolicited submissions in Submittable
  • Assist with writing and scheduling social media posts
  • Maintain communication with editorial team across the production cycle

At all editorial levels of Guernica

  • Actively participate in monthly editorial meetings and other meetings, as needed (meetings are held in Eastern Time Zone)
  • Reply to all external inquiries within 3 days
  • Monitor and respond to Slack and emails from colleagues daily
  • Flag any challenges as soon as they arise

To our Guernica colleagues

  • Contribute to Guernica’s creative community by sharing skills, developing new ideas, actively participating in skills workshops or other opportunities as they arise
  • Volunteer to help finish a piece when someone is in a jam (and appreciate the same)
  • Contribute to a creative and working space that is open, curious, and non-judgmental

QUALIFICATIONS: We’re seeking intellectually curious candidates who are passionate about Guernica, aligned with its ethos, and able to learn new skills quickly.

  • Excellent oral and written communication. Highly organized, impeccable eye for detail, ability to consistently meet ongoing deadlines. Collaborative, committed, reliable.
  • Proficiency in WordPress and Google Workspace.
  • Desirable skills (1 or more): HTML, PhotoShop, MailChimp, social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc.), previous experience formatting, fact checking, and copy editing.

People of color, LGBTQIA, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: Please submit all application materials listed below as PDF or Word files.

  • Cover Letter, 1 page max.
  • Resume, 1-2 pages max.
  • Writing Sample, 5-7 pages max.

DEADLINE: This is a rolling deadline. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so it's advantageous to apply early, as the online application will close as soon as we've identified the 5 Editorial Assistants to bring on board.

START DATE: The position begins at the end of June or early July. The exact starting date has yet to be determined.

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

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. 

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

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.

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, 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 a story. 

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

Below is our mailing address for ARCs. DO NOT send your short fiction to this address. We do not accept works on hardcopy. 

If you have an ARC for us to read and wish that it be considered for an excerpt: 

Meakin Armstrong
Guernica Fiction
93 Fourth Avenue
STE #219
NYC NY 10003-9998