Submit Your Work

to any of the following categories:

$5,000 Narrative Prize—for new and emerging poets and writers

Spring Story Contest—for fiction and nonfiction. $5,000 in awards.

Sixteenth Annual Poetry Contest. $3,300 in awards.

General Submissions

Story of the Week

Poem of the Week

Six-Word Stories

Cartoons and Graphic Stories


Readers’ Narratives

We welcome submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts of all lengths, ranging from short short stories to complete book-length works for serialization. Narrative regularly publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, interviews, and features of interest to readers who take pleasure in storytelling and imaginative prose. We look for quality and originality of language and content. In addition to submissions for issues of Narrative Magazine itself, we also encourage submissions for our Story of the Week, literary contests, and Readers’ Narratives. Please read our Submission Guidelines for all information on manuscript formatting, word lengths, author payment, and other policies.

Please note: We do not accept work that includes machine-generated text.