We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.
To learn more about The Common and its editorial vision, check out these interviews with Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker.
- March 1 – June 1
- September 1 – December 1
STORIES and ESSAYS: Our reading period will be open until June 1, 2019. (Subscribers may submit year-round.)
POETRY: Our reading period will be open until June 1, 2019. (Subscribers may submit year-round.)
DISPATCHES: All dispatch submissions are accepted for free year-round.
IMAGES: We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions for images or art.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL OR PAPER SUBMISSIONS.
(Paper submissions will not be returned to submitters, email submissions will not be read.)
All submissions must be received though Submittable.
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