A Public Space welcomes submissions of fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work. The current period for general submissions is October 15, 2020 – December 31, 2020. For additional information, please see an interview with the editors on our Duotrope page; an overview of A Public Space by the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize [insert link]; and an archive of the magazine's previous issues.
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 Only previously unpublished work will be considered.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.
Writers whose work is published in the magazine will receive an honorarium.
**Please note: we are currently not accepting applications for the internship program.**
A Public Space is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 Editorial Fellowship, a program for aspiring editors, will open on January 1. It is our hope to support the next generation 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. The Fellow will receive 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, including looking at examples of writer-editor interactions and the role of the editor in a changing landscape.
This is a nine-month program, from March 15 through December 15. A Public Space is based in New York City. The staff is expected to work virtually in 2021, but the Editorial Fellow must be a resident of New York City. 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 curate a series of Master Classes with editors as part of A Public Space’s academy. Applications will be accepted between January 1–January 31.
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. A Public Space reserves the right to invite candidates. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to sponsor work visas.
Timeline: Submittable will be open for Editorial Fellowship submissions between January 1–January 31, 2021. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 31. Successful applicants will be informed no later than March 1, 2021. The Fellowship will begin March 15, 2021.
Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Editorial Fellowship category in Submittable. (The category will not be available until January 1.) 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 where you heard about the Editorial Fellowship.
Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). Please submit the cover letter, CV, excerpt, and review as one file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
We are pleased to announce that applications will open on January 1 for the 2021 A 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:
—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 virtually with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers;
—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation 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 submission per person is allowed. Please do not submit a piece you have previously submitted to A Public Space, either through the Fellowship category, the General Submissions category, or an Open Call. A Public Space reserves the right to invite submissions.
Timeline: Submittable will be open for Fellowship submissions from January 1 – January 31, 2021, only. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 31, 2021. Successful applicants will be informed no later than March 15, 2021 The fellowship period will be April 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021.
Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. 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 note in your cover letter if you are a resident of one of New York City's five boroughs. (One of the three selected fellows will be a New York City writer.)
— One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. If selected, the piece submitted is the piece that will be published in the magazine.
—We accept simultaneous submissions, but please note that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, you will be required to withdraw your entire application; replacement submissions will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.
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.