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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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.
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.
We are pleased to announce that applications will open on September 15 for the 2019 Public Space Fellowships. The aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision.
Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book are invited to apply. Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include:
Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include:
—six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine;
—a $1,000 honorarium;
—the opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers;
—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation in New York City with A Public Space editors and contributors.
Eligibility: Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English. Only one prose submission per person is allowed. Please do not submit a piece you have previously submitted to A Public Space, either through the Fellowship category or the General Submissions category. A Public Space's editors reserve the right to invite submissions.
Timeline: Submittable will be open for Fellowship submissions from September 15 – October 15 only. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be informed no later than February 15, 2019. The fellowship period will be March 1, 2019 – September 1, 2019.
Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. There is no application fee. Please submit the following:
— A cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement; one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago; and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you.
— One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement.
Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). The cover letter and manuscript should be submitted as separate files. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned unread.
**General submissions will open on October 15. We will not be accepting general submissions during the Fellowship application period.**
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.
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).