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 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 fiction or poetry, please wait one year from date of publication before submitting again. 

Because we look for timely nonfiction, if we published your work, you can submit in the next reading period, without waiting one year.

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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