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Fiction - Short stories or excerpts from unpublished novels, typically 1,500 - 7,000 words. Note that we do not publish flash fiction or genre pieces.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 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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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. 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. 


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 time sensitive, please indicate that by adding "TIMELY" to the subject line.

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 time sensitive, please indicate that by adding "TIMELY" to the subject line.

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