Guernica welcomes submissions from writers and visual artists 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 (including op-eds and essays), and Q&As, typically of fewer than 2,500 words.

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

Fiction - typically 1,500 - 7,000 words. We do not publish flash fiction or genre pieces.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 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 short form 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  • We are only interested in original, unpublished manuscripts.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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 are pleased to announce that Guernica is looking for art fellows. The fellowship, which runs from the beginning of July through December, aims to provide training in editorial art direction, design, and illustration coupled with opportunities to direct and develop work for published writing and special projects under the mentorship of the Art Director. We estimate the weekly time commitment to be from ten to fifteen hours. Please note that because Guernica is run by an all-volunteer staff, this position is unpaid. Two early career and aspiring illustrators, designers, and art directors will be selected for a six-month fellowship, which will include:

–       Opportunities to work across the editorial design and art direction process for the magazine

–       Sourcing, commissioning, and creating original editorial art and illustration

–       Working with editorial illustrators and artists and art directing work alongside senior AD

–       Helping to develop the design and art program of the Guernica brand

–       Developing at least one piece for publication

–       Mentorship from senior staff and training from industry professionals

Our focus when reviewing applications will be on finding emerging visual creatives and students with a passion for visual communication in the publishing and editorial space.

To submit, please include:

1) A cover letter with biographical information, including related experiences, why you want the fellowship, and how it relates to your professional ambitions

2) A resumé 

3) Relevant work samples or a link to a portfolio of relevant visual work (design, illustration, or art direction)

4) A short response to the following question: What aspect of visual production and image-making are you most passionate about, and what would you like to focus on during the fellowship?

Guernica values diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

We’re now open for multimedia submissions in all forms, including photo, video, audio, social media projects, or a mix of genres. 

You can send us a completed submission to consider, or send an introduction to your work for a more open collaboration, and we’ll get in touch if a suitable opportunity arises.

We welcome submission in longform nonfiction (typically 2,500 - 5,000 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

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

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

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

The only way to submit your work is through this form. We are not responsible for submissions sent to the wrong address.

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.

Fiction appearing in Guernica that exceeds our 4,500-words guideline is usually solicited. Please note: We do not consider ourselves a forum for flash fiction. Stories that are too short for us will not be accepted. We do not serialize work over multiple issues. 

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.

PEN Guernica Flash Fiction is SOLICITED ONLY — AND IS ON HIATUS. No submissions will be accepted for that section. 

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 

Poetry Guidelines:

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.

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