Thanks so much for your interest, and we look forward to reading your work. Please be familiar with the magazine and our mission before you submit.

For 2020, 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  • All pieces should be original, and previously unpublished in any format in English.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 five 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.

We would like to be up front about a contributor's rights in the event that they are published at The Offing. Here is the relevant portion of the contract:

"In consideration of the above-described Work, the Contributor identified above grants to The Offing (“Publisher”) the following rights to the Work: (a) for the website,, and as a part of the archives of The Offing and (b) the non-exclusive right for use and re-use of the Contributor’s name, image, and biographical data in advertising and promotion of all Publisher’s publications in all media. Except as above, Contributor retains all other rights.

Contributor represents and warrants that (a) the Work is the Author’s original work; (b) the Work is accurate and factually correct, (c) he/she has full power to make this grant of rights, (d) that the Work contains no matter which infringes copyright, trademark or other rights, is defamatory or otherwise unlawful, invades the right of privacy or publicity, or which infringes any other proprietary right of any third parties; (e) the Work has not been previously published in English by Contributor or any third parties, except in such cases as are previously agreed to in writing by Publisher and Contributor; and (f) if the consent and permission of any third parties are required for the use of the Work described above, including persons depicted in the Work, Contributor has obtained such consent and permission in writing and will submit copies to Publisher on delivery of the Work. Contributor agrees to cite The Offing as the source of original publication if Contributor licenses the use of the Work to other publishers or publications in any media."

The Offing's Art department seeks visual art, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances, as well as graphic stories or comics. Our features can be as broad as an entire practice, or as focused as a single work. We also take writing on, about, or inspired by art such as reviews, critiques, essays or think-pieces. 

Note: Please no erasure poems. Poetry submissions should be directed to one of the the appropriate departments listed below.

Back of the envelope seeks writing of any length which relates to, or draws on, science and the natural world. Sharing its wonder or its horrors, relating the untold stories of discovery, or toying with everyday curiosities, we're interested in hearing from those inside and outside the scientific community.
Lists of creative and cultural artifacts, from poems that include the word blackberry to paintings that are mostly white; from famous examples of anaphora to obscure quotations about the nature of art; from novels about nervous breakdowns to good covers of bad songs; from ten pages of a new essay collection to twenty images from the photo album of a famous drag queen. Published simultaneously on our Tumblr account.

There is no limit to how many items are featured in a list; however, high-resolution images — which you have permission to use! — 
should be available to accompany most or all items. Please submit a 1–2 paragraph proposal describing your idea and describing/identifying the images that your piece would include.

Responses to works of art, literature, and culture that raise questions or address issues about the matters that concern us aesthetically, politically, ideologically. Insight essays generally have an element of the personal to them, exploring how interacting with this piece of art, literature, or culture changed you, or made a lasting impression.

Please, no academic papers unless they are in plain language and explore the above topics.

Ten- to 560-character (including spaces) works in any genre. Published simultaneously on The Offing site and our Twitter account. (You may submit one to five Micros in a single submission.)

Ends on
One to five poems of any form and length. Please submit multiple poems in a single document, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins. Total page count should not exceed 10 pages.

Translated works for any department.

Please include the original year of publication, the original language, and a brief biography of both the translator and author. It is the translator's responsibility to obtain permission from the author/rights-holder prior to submitting the piece.

Our humor department. Our hope for the department is that it embody some of that fierceness and sharp intelligence — fox-trotting somewhere out beyond The Onion, shadowboxing with McSweeney's, bowing low to The Toast, eschewing entirely the sort of work recently described in The New Republic as the "comedy of embarrassment and incontinence."
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