General guidelines

We have extended our reading period! Fiction will read unsolicited manuscripts from September 15 through June 15. Staying under 5,000 words is encouraged, but we will read fiction manuscripts of any length. We do not publish poetry. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please let us know if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

We regret that we cannot accept unsolicited submissions directly by email. To submit by snail-mail or using our electronic submissions manager, please read the guidelines below.

For queries about the status of a submission, or to withdraw a mailed submission from consideration, please email

Electronic Submissions

Our electronic submissions manager can be found at

File types we accept are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt. You may write a note or a cover letter in the "Comments" field if desired.

As you might imagine Fiction is comprised of a small staff of dedicated readers and we therefore operate on a rolling submission basis. If you have not heard from us, rest assured that your submission is still under consideration. Thank you for your patience.

Postal Submissions

Please send a printed manuscript with an SASE, and cover letter if desired, to:

c/o Department of English
City College of New York
Convent Ave. at 138th Street
New York, NY 10031