Established in 2017 as a literary magazine for fiction, CRAFT now publishes creative nonfiction as well. We explore how writing works, reading pieces with a focus on the elements of craft, on the art of prose. We feature previously unpublished creative work weekly, with occasional reprints, as well as weekly critical pieces including essays on narrative craft, interviews, book annotations, and more. Each published creative piece includes an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the work.

We do not charge fees for our fiction or creative nonfiction submissions, or for our various craft categories, and we are a paying market. Our general submissions are open year-round with no capacity limits. We value accessibility—keeping CRAFT free to read and free to submit to is our priority. We work with all writers, established as well as emerging. All creative work published in CRAFT comes through submission; we do not solicit fiction or CNF.

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By submitting to CRAFT, submitters agree to receive correspondence about future published works and submission opportunities from CRAFT. You can unsubscribe at any time.

If feedback is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.

CRAFT offers editorial feedback on short fiction (short stories and flash fiction) up to 6,000 words. We've carefully chosen a small team of qualified editors to provide critique. 

For each piece sent through this editorial feedback category, we will return to the writer line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism will always be actionable and encouraging. 

We intend to provide our feedback in a timely way, and hope to keep our response time under twelve weeks. We may decide to close this form in a given month once we have reached our editors' capacity to complete feedback that month. If this form is closed temporarily, it will reopen the first of the next month.

All work sent through this editorial feedback platform will also be considered for publication in CRAFT. Should we accept your story, the feedback fee will be refunded.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

Our rates are based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association:

  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three microfiction pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words): $59
  • Short Story 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one short story): $79 
  • Short Story 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one short story): $99

How you can help us when sending work for our review:

  • Please send .doc or .docx if you are able so that we can use track changes for margin notes.
  • Please double space and use 12-point Times New Roman.

Guidelines:

  • CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all fiction writers.
  • International submissions (written in English) are welcome.
  • Fiction only.
  • Please send work in English only.
  • 6,000 word count maximum—short fiction only.
  • Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for submission to CRAFT contests.
  • We strongly discourage simultaneous submissions in conjunction with editorial feedback: if your piece is already under review by our team and you withdraw it, we will not be able to offer a refund; if you withdraw your piece before we have begun feedback, we will be happy to let you substitute another story of equal length.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason.
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less fees).

**FICTION WRITERS—Please stop sending short stories to our CNF category. Stop. Go back. Choose fiction.


Welcome to CRAFT
 

Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash CNF category for essays with fewer than 1,000 words.  

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing); fiction and flash fiction have their own forms
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for essays of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


**FICTION WRITERS—Please stop sending flash fiction to our flash CNF category. Stop. Go back. Choose fiction.


Welcome to CRAFT  


Since 2017, CRAFT has been a home for fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to announce we are now also open for creative nonfiction!

Submissions for CRAFT  Flash Creative Nonfiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for accepted original work. This category is for essays and standalone excerpts fewer than 1,000 words. See our CNF category for essays between 1–6K words.

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of CNF will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the piece. We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. 

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com 


    GUIDELINES: 

  • CRAFT Creative Nonfiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only; please no academic work (we have separate categories for craft/critical writing); fiction and flash fiction have their own forms
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for essays between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose the creative nonfiction 1–6K word category)—please send only ONE flash CNF piece between 401 and 1,000 words
  • OR up to three micros (400 words or fewer each / fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document—this counts as ONE submission
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these pieces
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of creative nonfiction at a time, either flash or essay, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your piece as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review


Welcome to CRAFT

Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for accepted original work. This category is for short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our flash fiction options for stories with fewer than 1,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are welcome
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose an appropriate flash fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

Welcome to CRAFT 


Please review our guidelines—we've added some limits in an effort to improve our response time.

Submissions for CRAFT Flash Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $100 for original work. This category is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words. See our short fiction options for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

To serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT Flash Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words, please choose an appropriate short fiction category)—please send only ONE flash fiction piece between 401 and 1,000 words
  • OR up to three micros (400 words or fewer each / fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document—this counts as ONE submission
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece of fiction at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—flash and short fiction are both in the fiction genre)
  • If your work is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review

This form is currently open ONLY to BIPOC and other mis- and underrepresented writers.


While our submissions for short and flash fiction are always free and always open, we are currently offering a fast response option for free to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers.

This form is for short fiction and creative nonfiction (short stories, standalone excerpts, and CNF essays) between 1,000 and 6,000 words, and for flash and micros (both fiction and CNF) up to 1,000 words.

We will respond to your piece within four weeks of submission.

We pay $200 for accepted short stories or longform CNF, and we pay $100 for accepted flash or micro pieces. To serve our aim of exploring the art of prose, each published story includes an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay (author’s note) by the writer. This essay will be requested upon acceptance.

We keep this page up to date with our efforts toward equity.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category is open only to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers.
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Previously unpublished works only.
  • Please submit work in English only.
  • For short fiction and longform CNF: 6,000 word count maximum.
  • For flash: 1,000 word count maximum—please send only ONE flash fiction piece between 401 and 1,000 words.
  • OR up to three micros (400 words or fewer each / fewer than 1,000 words total) may be submitted in a single document—this counts as ONE submission.
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere; if you withdraw your work, you may submit another piece in the same genre.
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece at a time, either flash or short, until you've heard back from us (see each genre for specific limits—short and flash fiction are both in the fiction genre).
  • If your story is declined, we ask that you wait three months before submitting again to the same genre unless an editor requests more work from you.
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Please send your story as a Word doc.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable).
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason.
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review.
  • Please do not submit work to this category if you do not identify as BIPOC or as a writer from another demographic who has been historically mis- or underrepresented in publishing.


Interested in writing critically for CRAFT? Please see the guidelines below and select the appropriate dropdown. We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. 

We review essays on writing craft, critical literary analyses, book annotations/reviews, and interviews. Please visit our Craft Section to see the type of content we publish. 

All work in this section is concerned with fiction or creative nonfiction. Please do not send critical work about poetry, film, or any other genres. Those aren't for us. Please do not send personal essays—send those to our CNF forms. We pay $50 for craft and critical essays, and we pay $50 for most standard interviews and $100 for hybrid interviews (a critical essay paired with a Q&A).


Craft and critical essays range from 1,500 to 2,500 words concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive. Most essays we publish contain a careful examination of an element or elements of craft in a piece or pieces of fiction or creative nonfiction. 

Our book annotations generally focus on fiction or creative nonfiction writers/novelists who explicitly explore or subvert craft in their work. These pieces are typically between 1,500 and 2,000 words. We recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

We welcome queries and completed interviews of fiction or creative nonfiction writers. We will want to know if the interview is already approved as well as which elements of craft will be explored. 

We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your craft/critical submission is declined, you may submit again to the genre immediately. You may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash), one piece of creative nonfiction (flash or creative essay), and one craft piece under consideration at one time.


Details:

Craft and Critical Essays 

Please send completed essays concerning the craft of fiction or creative nonfiction, and include in your cover letter what you're exploring and why it is a good fit for the publication. Submissions should be 1,500 to 2,500 words and should consist of a careful examination of craft. We only consider completed pieces.

Book Annotations / Reviews

Fiction and creative nonfiction only, please. We lean toward annotations that interrogate the craft elements in a piece, and away from traditional book reviews. We consider content on frontlist or backlist books and on individual short stories or CNF. Essays should be approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words, focus on craft elements, and include quotes and references to other works and/or authors within the piece. Check out our craft archive for examples. We only consider completed pieces.

Interviews & Hybrid Interviews

Typically our interviews run around 2,000 to 2,500 words and our hybrid interviews run 3,000 to 4,000 words, 1,000 to 1,500 of which are a critical essay about one or more of the interviewee's books. We consider both completed pieces and queries/pitches.

2022 CRAFT First Chapters Contest | $2,800 Awarded

Submissions are open May 3 to June 30, 2022. Guest Judge Maisy Card will choose three excerpts from a shortlist of fifteen.

GUIDELINES:

  • CRAFT First Chapters Contest entries are open to all fiction writers; CRAFT is a market for adult literary fiction.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters* of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress.
  • Please do not submit short stories or nonfiction.
  • Please submit work in English only.
  • 5,000 word count maximum*.
  • We review adult literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles.
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do NOT review reprints for contests (previously published includes any form of self-publishing, blogs, personal websites, social media, etc.).
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers, please notify us and withdraw your excerpt if your work is picked up elsewhere.
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each excerpt as a separate submission accompanied by an entry fee.
  • $20 entry fee per entry.
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable), and a summary of your book-length project.
  • We do not require anonymous submissions.
  • We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason.
  • Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication: work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review (you will be refunded, less Submittable’s fee).

*Your entry may include more than your first chapter, up to 5,000 words total, but should contain complete sections—please do not leave us hanging midparagraph just to maximize word count—and must be the first chapter(s) of your book-length project, as if you were querying agents or publishing houses.

AWARDS:

  • Winner: $2,000 award and a full manuscript critique of the novel or novella, up to 100K words, by Artful Editor.
  • Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second- and third-place finalists.
  • Agent query workshop for the winner and runners-up by Beth Marshea of Ladderbird Literary Agency—Beth will offer feedback on the first 5,000 words of the project, the summary, and a query letter.
  • Publication of the top three excerpts in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Maisy Card.
  • Publication of an author’s note (craft essay) to accompany the excerpt by each of the writers.

FINE PRINT:

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.
  • Our collaboration with editorial professionals and agents in the judging and awarding of our contests does not imply an endorsement or recognition from their agencies/houses/presses/universities/etc.
  • If you write YA, we recommend checking out the first chapters contest at Voyage.
  • Check out our 2021 winners for examples of the work we are reading for.
  • As we only consider unpublished writing, and will publish the winning excerpts in December, anything under contract to publish prior to March 1, 2023, should not be entered.

GUEST JUDGE MAISY CARD

Maisy Card is the author of the novel These Ghosts Are Family, which won an American Book Award, the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize in fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, AGNI, The New York Times, Guernica, and other publications. Maisy is a graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA in Fiction Program. She is currently a fiction editor of The Brooklyn Rail.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:

You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your excerpt. We will provide line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism is always actionable and encouraging.
We aim to have feedback completed within six weeks after the final status update of the entry.
Work that we critique is not eligible for future CRAFT contests. Learn more about our program here.

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