GENERAL SUBMISSIONS

A Public Space welcomes submissions of fiction, essay, poetry, as well as multigenre work. For additional information, please see an interview with the editors on our Duotrope page; an article on Bette Howland, a recent contributor, here; and an archive of the magazine's previous issues here.

 

Guidelines for Submitting Work

Please submit only one (​1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems. 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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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 always welcome. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted. Reading an issue or two of the magazine before submitting is strongly recommended. 


Please note we cannot accept revisions to pieces once they've been submitted.


We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within four months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

A Public Space is thrilled to announce a new Fellowship program for aspiring editors. The aim of the Editorial Fellowship program is to create a framework for the art of editing, bridging tradition and evolution. It is our hope to support a cadre of editors who will offer a more diverse publishing community—culturally, aesthetically, economically.

The Fellowship will offer a curriculum that integrates education, experience, mentorship, and the opportunity for innovation. Fellows will receive intensive training in all aspects of editing, from evaluating submissions through to publication of a piece. As part of the program, they will also learn about publishing history, exploring known interactions between editors and writers; archival documents; and the role of the editor in a changing landscape.

This is a nine-month program, from March 15 through December 15. Fellows will be expected to be at A Public Space’s office in downtown Brooklyn fifteen hours per week. They will participate in all aspects of our publishing programs, including evaluation, curation, editing, production, marketing, publicity, circulation, and distribution. They will work closely with the senior editorial staff on both the magazine and book imprint; and will have the opportunity to meet leading figures in the publishing community. Fellows will also be invited to attend a series of Master Classes with editors as part of A Public Space’s academy. Applications are now open and will be accepted through January 15.


APPLICATION

Compensation: $10,000 stipend, to be paid bi-weekly

Eligibility: A strong interest in literary publishing and a commitment to promoting literature are the only prerequisites. Preference will be given to aspiring editors who have not worked extensively in literary publishing, and who may have limited access to career opportunities in the industry. Candidates outside of New York City are encouraged to apply, but A Public Space cannot fund relocation expenses. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to sponsor work visas. A Public Space reserves the right to invite candidates.


Timeline: Submittable is open for Editorial Fellowship submissions through January 15, 2020. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 15. Successful applicants will be informed no later than February 15, 2020. The Fellowship will begin March 15, 2020.

Procedure: Only electronic submissions via Submittable will be considered. Applications must be submitted through this Editorial Fellowship category. There is no application fee. 

Please submit the following:
—A cover letter describing your interest in the Editorial Fellowship; how you envision the role of an editor; the influences and experience that you will bring to your work as an editor; and your goals for the fellowship and beyond the fellowship.

—A short (one page or less) excerpt from a work by a non-establishment writer; and a brief statement telling us why this writer and passage appeals, and why you feel work such as this should be championed by editors.

—A short (one page or less) review of a book you read recently. Please include how you learned about the book—whether from a review, social media, a bookstore or library recommendation, a chance encounter.

—Please also include in your cover letter where you heard about the Editorial Fellowship.


Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). Please submit the cover letter, excerpt, and review as one file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


A Public Space offers internships throughout the year. To apply for one of these positions, please upload (as one file): (1) a completed application (see below); and (2) your résumé. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. 

Interns work on a part-time, volunteer basis, and receive practical experience in critical reading, research, copyediting, and fact-checking; marketing and publicity, including social media and events; and an understanding of the general workings of an independent nonprofit literary organization as well as an introduction to the publishing community. A three-day/week commitment on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday schedule over a three-month period is required. 

Please note that poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submitted to the magazine via this Submittable category will not be considered. 

ASSIGNMENT

1.     Send three separate paragraphs that are favorites, from three different books you have read.

2.     List five magazines, newspapers, or websites you read regularly; and five publications you wish you read regularly.

3.     Write three posts for A Public Space’s Twitter feed.

4.     Tell us about your career interests and what you hope to learn from an internship with A Public Space.

5.     Write one paragraph about a piece in A Public Space that has interested you recently.

6.     Tell us about your experience (clerical/research/social networking/reading manuscripts, etc).

7.     Are you available to work a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday schedule; and if so, during what range of hours? 

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Please submit only one (​1) story 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 always welcome. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted. Reading an issue or two of the magazine before submitting is strongly recommended. 

We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within four months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

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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 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. Reading an issue or two of the magazine before submitting is strongly recommended. 

We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within four months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

Please submit only one (​1) 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. Memoir excerpts or excerpts from longer nonfiction works are always welcome. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted. Reading an issue or two of the magazine before submitting is strongly recommended. 

We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within four months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

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