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.

Update 12/22/21: We're temporarily closing to new fiction submissions. We've received an unprecedented number of submissions this year, and regretfully, we're behind. We will re-open for new fiction submissions once we have returned to to our usual reading times. Thank you for understanding.

Guernica is currently accepting applications for fiction readers. This is a six-month position and is generally non-renewable. Reader responsibilities include reading at least 20 submissions per week, making decisions and recommendations on stories, and meeting once a month via Zoom. Because we are an all-volunteer publication, readers are unpaid.

People of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and neurodiverse individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply — and we welcome your perspective in conversations about stories we are considering for publication.

If you are interested in applying for the readership, please upload a cover letter, short writing sample, and résumé no later than January 30, 2022.

Statement on labor and transparency: Guernica is run by volunteers. We have made strides in paying our contributors, but we still have much work ahead of us as a nonprofit organization invested in global storytelling. As Guernica strategizes toward long-term goals that include compensating our staff, we acknowledge literary volunteerism as a gatekeeping practice that is often normalized in the publishing industry. We strive to instill more decolonized labor practices that decenter myths of the worker as machine by centering relationship cultivation and community formation. We celebrate balance and rest. Join us!

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.
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