Submission period is July 15 to October 15.

We encourage you to read us at pangyrus.com to get a sense of what we're looking for. Please send us your best work. All submitted work must be wholly original. Please DO NOT send revisions of your work after you've submitted it.

We publish well-crafted, thought-provoking essays, stories, poetry, and also comics and visual art in every genre online and in one or two print editions per year.

We're interested in any well-told story or well-crafted poem. 

Essays are also a favorite-- specific subjects we spotlight include the following. These subjects are also suitable for stories and poetry -- please highlight the subject in your note: 

Zest! -- Food writing

In Sickness and In Health -- Health and the Body, in the pandemic and beyond

Field Notes -- Science, Nature, and the Environment

Schooled -- Education 

The Sounding Board -- Politics

Generations -- Family/Parenting 

We also want to see reviews and topical/of-the-moment pieces:

Reviews -- Send us a brief proposal of a book, movie, or tv review you'd like to write. Please email us at pangyrus@gmail.com. 

Lightning pieces -- These nonfiction essays have immediate relevance or connect to a current event. They are for online publication and may or may not be right for the print edition. Word limit: 600 – 3,500. If you have a proposal for a nonfiction Lightning piece, please email us at pangyrus@gmail.com. We will respond within a week.

By Prior Arrangement and Discovery are always open. Please do not use unless you have been asked to submit in this category. Please note the name of the editor who recommended you in your cover letter. Your submission will be rejected without this.

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Win Cash Prizes for Your Short Stories!

The Contest Winner wins a cash prize of $1,000, publication of the short story in an upcoming special-themed Pangyrus book, and extensive advertising and publicity. Second and third place winners receive $250 and publication. All winners will also be featured in a special reading event for the publication.

We are thrilled to have novelist Jennifer Haigh as our guest judge. You can read more about Jennifer's work on her website:  www.jennifer-haigh.com.

Submissions open September 15 and close on December 10, 2022 at midnight. The submission fee is $20.

Guidelines. The guidelines and requirements are as follows:

  1. Pangyrus seeks short stories with a word length of no more than 7,000.  We're looking for your best fiction with writing that sings and a story that transports us. There are no rules, no boundaries for this contest. Write on any topic, any theme, and from any point of view. 
  2. There are no citizenship requirements or limitations. Online submissions are accepted from around the world.
  3. Short stories must be in English, although it is perfectly acceptable to include some text in other languages.
  4. Short stories must be original. (If you include quotes from other works in your essay, please be sure they are clearly attributed to the author either on the same page or in a “Notes” section at end.)
  5. Short stories must be previously unpublished.
  6. Simultaneous submissions to other contests and multiple submissions to this contests are perfectly acceptable. You DO need to notify us if your story is taken elsewhere. 
  7. All submissions must be at least 12 point type, preferably double spaced. 
  8. If you are submitting a short story that includes photographs or other graphic images please request additional guidelines by sending an email to pangyrus@gmail.com.
  9. Revisions are not allowed to a short story after it has been submitted to the contest. 
  10. “Family members” or “close friends” of the judge, Jennifer Haigh, are NOT ELIGIBLE. Email us if you need clarification on any of these terms!
  11. If the contest entry fee of $20 represents a hardship, please email us at info@pangyrus.com. Our donors have generously offered to help. 
  12. The judge's verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  13. Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules
  14. The prizes will be awarded upon publication of the fiction collection. 
  15. Pangyrus holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author. (Please acknowledge Pangyrus in any subsequent publications.)

Errors in Your Submission. If our staff find a serious error in your entry (your submission file won't open, is locked so we cannot remove identifying info, is unreadable, or is missing pages, or your credit card info is incorrect or your payment is missing, etc.) we will contact you to obtain a correction at no cost to you, so your error will not disqualify you.

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

For prose the word limit is 3,500. For poetry, please submit no more than three poems.

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