Call for submissions (short stories): The Offing | pay: $25-$100 per piece

Deadline: 1 August 2022 (fiction)
Please be familiar with the magazine and our mission before you submit.

For 2022, there will be no submission fees thanks to our generous donors.

In your cover letter, we encourage you to include information that you would like us to know, such as whether, if we choose to publish it, this submission will be your first publication.

If a department is not listed below, that means it is not currently accepting submissions.

Just a few additional things:

  • Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $25–$100 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published.
  • All pieces should be original, and previously unpublished in any format in English.
  • We acquire first serial rights worldwide in English and non-exclusive anthology rights.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please be sure to withdraw your piece promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere.
  • Please don’t send more than one submission per department; wait until your work is accepted or declined before submitting again.
  • Please direct all inquiries and comments to
  • Our Fiction department is happy to consider excerpts from novels and short story collections, especially from small presses. If you have something you would like considered, email excerpts as a Word .doc to Please note that we currently don’t have a budget to pay for excerpts, but we do want to help bring readers to books that might otherwise get overlooked.
  • We’ll do our utmost to respond within six months, but due to the volume of submissions we receive, and the careful & collaborative nature of our review process, that may not always be possible. Thank you for your patience.


Submissions: Via Submittable


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