Pangyrus publishes well-crafted, thought-provoking writing in every genre: fiction, poetry, journalism, essays and memoirs, reviews and criticism, comics and visual arts. We publish two print editions a year, and continuously online.

We love a strong story, surprising connections, an artful turn of phrase. In addition to our general submissions we have sections dedicated to:

  • Food writing (Zest!)
  • The body and health (In Sickness and In Health)
  • Science (Field Notes)
  • Education (Schooled)
  • Politics, Society and the Environment (Commentary)

If a piece is extremely timely, submit it as a "Lightning" submission, below.  For general submissions, please wait three months past the end of a reading period before inquiring about a submission. 

We encourage you to read us at pangyrus.com to get a sense of what we're looking for.  If you think our readers will find it entertaining and compelling, send it our way. We read every submission that we get with fresh eyes and an open mind. 

Authors whose work is accepted for publication in print receive their choice of either an extra contributor copy or a small honorarium.  Authors must have a PayPal account to receive payment.

All prose should be double-spaced. Use standard fonts and formatting, including margins of at least one inch, and include your name on each page of the manuscript. 

We do read simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us should a piece be accepted elsewhere.  We will consider work that has been previously published under certain conditions (the previous journal is out of print and inaccessible to readers, for instance).  

Our submission fee is $3, but we'll waive it if that's a hardship.  Contact us!

Please submit only once per reading period. If we accept your work, please wait one year from date of publication before submitting again.

If we've accepted your timely nonfiction piece tied to an occasion that had immediate relevance or that was coming up soon, you may submit in the next reading period, without waiting one year.

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We are looking for high-quality nonfiction writing that connects exciting ideas, tells a compelling story, and offers a fresh perspective. 

We favor two kinds of submissions: short, focused essays between 600 and 1500 words, and longer, more reported features of up to 3,500 words. Please send only one selection at a time.

The following are specific categories for Pangyrus. If you submit in one of these categories, please use the dropdown menu to let us know which:

Essays & Memoir

Any subject, any form: essays, memoir, reviews, cultural and political commentaries, travel, love, and living. If you think it would be entertaining or thought provoking for our readers, send it our way!

Craft and Career

As a journal deeply committed to finding new voices and developing new talent, we love insight into word work. Send us your essays on the creative process, on making a life as a writer and artist, and on overlooked essentials of craft.

Zest! (Food Writing) 

We want writing that’s not only in good taste, we want writing that tastes good. Wow us with memories of that perfect dish—or the perfect disaster. Tell the story of a region, a history, a family, a love, a war, through meals shared and soufflés ruined. 

Politics, Environment, and Society 

Give us an unexpected and expansive view into the forces and faces shaping the world we live in now—and into the resistance to them. Tell us stories based on personal experience, reporting, analysis and commentary, or research, whether focused hyperlocally or globally. We want stories that make unexpected connections and raise our awareness of problems—and solutions. 

In Sickness and In Health: Life in the Pandemic and Beyond 

Give us perspective on the way we live now, drawing on anything from personal narrative to reporting to the science (and art) of public health. Be political, be personal, be whatever you need to be to stay authentic to your lived experiences and observations. This is a time we need shared voices. 

Field Notes (Science)

We’re looking for innovative perspectives from researchers, professors, engineers, clinicians, and onlookers who can shine a light on science in the modern world. Our goal is to bring your voice and recent findings from the bench to our readers’ living rooms.  At the moment, we are especially interested in women in science, engineering, environment and ecology, and in science affected by today’s political climate. 

Schooled (Education)

We’re looking for stories and perspectives from all levels of education, personal stories from teachers, students, and parents. Take us deeper into theory, practice and policy. Tell us about life in and out of the classroom and on (and off) campus in the pandemic, about transformative moments, and about the state of democracy as reflected in our schools. 

Lightning Submissions

This is for nonfiction pieces tied to occasions that have immediate relevance or that are coming up soon. If you have a piece that reacts to something that has just happened in our world, submit it.  Lightning submissions are presumed to be for our online publication and may or may not be right for the print edition. Word limit: 600 - 3,500. 

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We are interested in showing the range of poetry that exists in the contemporary moment.

First and foremost, we publish poetry in a wide range of styles and voices that moves us deeply and has us see the world in a new way. 

In addition, our specific categories: Zest!;  Politics, Environment, and Society; In Sickness and In Health; Field Notes; and Schooled are always open to poetry submissions. 

Please send a maximum of 3 poems contained within a single document.  Because our volume of submissions is high, we ask that you submit only once per reading period.

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We are looking for well-crafted, thought-provoking fiction in all forms. The tastes of our editorial team are far-ranging from work with a  sharp wit and a critical social eye to that which crosses genre and other boundaries, writing that tackles race, gender, and sexuality head on to immigrant and international writing. First and foremost, we seek writing that displays that rare gift of storytelling, that pulls our readers into the narrative and holds them there until the end. 

Our specific categories of Zest!,  Politics, Environment, and Society, In Sickness and In Health, Field Notes, and Schooled are always open to compelling fiction as well. Please see the nonfiction section for full descriptions.

Word count: submissions should be a maximum of 3,800 words. Because our volume of submissions is high, we ask that you send only one submission per reading period.

We're looking for stories where the words and images work together to bring readers into places and emotional states they otherwise might not reach with the same immediacy. 

We publish comics both online and in print, short form (10 pages or less).

General comics submissions are welcome as are pieces that explore our specific categories:  Zest!;  Politics, Environment, and Society; In Sickness and In Health; Field Notes; and Schooled.


This is for nonfiction pieces tied to occasions that have immediate relevance or that are coming up soon. If you have a piece that reacts to something that has just happened in our world, submit it.  Lightning submissions are presumed to be for our online publication and may or may not be right for the print edition. Word limit: 600 - 3,500. 


This category is only for submissions that have been authorized by an editor, or are being submitted under our Get An Author Discovered Program.

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