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

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Just a few additional things:

  • Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $20–$50 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published ($20 for a Micro; $25+ for a poem; $50 for all other departments).
  • All pieces should be original, and previously unpublished in any format in English.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
  • We'll do our utmost to respond within six to eight weeks, 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.

The Offing showcases artwork every other Friday. All art will be considered: a series of photographs, paintings, images paired with text, and more.
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.
Personal essays, rather than commentary or criticism, of any length.

Ten- to 560-character 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.)

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."

Writing tuned to form and place : location, space, setting, situation, position. Formerly known as YOU ARE HERE.

Use this form to submit work if invited to do so. Please indicate who invited you in your cover letter.