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General Submission Guidelines

Guernica is on hiatus while we redesign the site. Submissions will be taken only on a limited basis. 

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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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

    Guernica Daily is dedicated to publishing the same incisive and thoughtful commentary and reportage on arts and politics as Guernica, filling the gaps between the twice-monthly issues with short-form, playful, and provocative work, five days a week, every week. We want work that addresses provocative questions, and poses new ones. 

    As we publish daily, we look especially for timely work. We receive many personal essays but favor those that say something about the world beyond the self. They can start with the personal hook but springboard outward. At present we are particularly interested in activist movements, unique art projects that dovetail with social and political issues, and think pieces with a more analytical bent. We've recently published reportage on the ongoing migrant crisis, the state of Athens the night before the EU referendum, the intricacies of a new lawsuit taking place in Texas around the illegal domestic manufacturing of death penalty drugs, and much more. If you're unsure whether a piece or pitch might be a fit, please look through our archive; it's all there, and all free. 

    Length: between 1,200 and 2,000 words.

    We prefer finished pieces but will consider well-thought-out pitches.

    Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtf
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  • Nonfiction features

    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, rtf
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  • Interviews


    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, rtf
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  • Poetry

    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, docx
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  • Fiction

    The only way to submit your work is through this form.

    No fewer than 1,200 words and no more than 4,500 words/one story or one UNPUBLISHED excerpt from a novel, per submission. YOUR WORK MUST BE UNPUBLISHED, INCLUDING ON ANY PERSONAL BLOG POST. 

    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 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 wish that it be considered for an excerpt: 

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

    Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, txt, rtf
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  • Art

    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, doc
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