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.
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.
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.