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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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. 


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 EMERGING WRITER FELLOWSHIPS

We are pleased to announce that applications will open on October 1 for A Public Space's 2017 Emerging Writer Fellowships. Under this project, three emerging writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include: 

—mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space;
—publication in the magazine;
—contributor's payment of $1,000;
—workspace in our Brooklyn offices (optional). 

Eligibility: Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible. There is a preference for writers who have not yet signed with an agent. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English. Only one submission per person is allowed. Please do not submit the same piece through the Fellowship category and the General Submissions category. A Public Space's editors reserve the right to invite submissions. 

Timeline: Submittable will be open for Emerging Writer Fellowship submissions from October 1 – November 1 only. Submissions for the fellowship close at 11:00 PM (EST) on November 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be informed no later than February 15, 2017. The Fellowship period will be March 1, 2017 – September 1, 2017. 

Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Emerging Writer 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. Please also state whether you would wish to take advantage of the residency at our Brooklyn office (the residency element in our offices is optional.) 
—One previously unpublished short story or essay. 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.

Ends in 4 days, 9 hours

For an upcoming issue, ​A Public Space is seeking work about duels, rebellions, contrarians, iconoclasts; work based on or motivated by an antagonism and tensions​. We are interested in work that addresses this material directly as well as pieces that approach it at a slant. We welcome fiction, essays, poetry and multigenre work. Please indicate in your cover letter the genre of your work. There is no word count requirement. Deadline: October 1. 

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 minimum two-day 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).

Ends on April 15, 2017

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.

Ends on April 15, 2017

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.

Ends on April 15, 2017

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.