A Public Space

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

A Public Space is an independent literary and a print magazine. Submissions for the spring reading period will be accepted through May 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET.

Guidelines for Submitting Work

For prose: please submit only one (1) story or essay at a time. Additional submissions will be returned unread. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere we ask that you please withdraw it from our system. Novellas and novel excerpts are welcome. Translations are welcome and should be accompanied by a copy of the original. It is the translator’s responsibility to secure rights to the work.

For poetry: please submit up to five (5) poems in one document. Only one submission at a time is allowed; additional submissions will be returned unread. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if a poem is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you withdraw your submission from the system or, if you've submitted multiple poems, that you add a note to your submission letting us know which poem(s) you are withdrawing. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted.

We suggest reading recent issues of A Public Space to acquaint yourself with work the magazine has published. Subscriptions are available here. We have also made a selection of pieces from the magazine available as part of our Public Access series, including:

Fiction
“A Lot of Good It Does Being in the Underworld” by Corinna Vallianatos

“Basic Training” by Mahreen Sohail

"Ekphrases: Bennett Sims on the Edge of Death" by Bennett Sims

“Li Ling” by Atsushi Nakajima, translated by Paul McCarthy

Nonfiction
“Meeting Points: Between and In Between Subject and Object” by Cleo Mikutta

“Pita in the Arms of God” by Elena Poniatowska, translated by Christina MacSweeney

“Worcester: A Free People’s Workshop” by Cheryl Savageau

“Almanac” by Robert Sullivan

Poetry

"Eternal Return" by Dan Chelotti

"True History: A Rendering" by Bernal Díaz del Castillo, translated by Chloe Garcia Roberts

"On Death: Little Odes" by Hilda Hilst, translated by Julia Powers

"My Sister Likes Girls and Does Not Return for My Mother’s Fiftieth" by Tawanda Mula


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