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 We feature previously unpublished creative work weekly, with occasional reprints, as well as weekly critical pieces including essays on narrative craft, interviews, book annotations, and more.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.

Please join us for the 

CRAFT 2022 Prose Program Virtual Conference!

Saturday, December 10, 2022

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST


Keynote Speaker: Lan Samantha Chang

Author of The Family Chao

Director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop


9 a.m.: Generative Writing Workshop with Editor in Chief

Courtney Harler will guide participants in writing exercises.

10 a.m.: Prose Publishing Panel with CRAFT Section Editors

Jacqueline Doyle, Melissa Benton Barker, & Suzanne Grove

Learn more about our literary magazine's ethos and aesthetic.

11 a.m.: Keynote Q&A Session with Lan Samantha Chang

Bring your questions for this remarkable author & instructor!


Cost: $99. More details sent via email upon registration.

Please join us for the CRAFT 2022 Fall Salon!

Treat yourself to an hour of readings by award-winning authors!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 4-5 p.m. PST / 7-8 p.m. EST


Featured Reader: Ingrid Rojas Contreras

2022 National Book Award Finalist for The Man Who Could Move Clouds

Guest Judge for the 2022 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award


Additional virtual salon readers will include recent contributors:

Shastri Akella, introduced by Melissa Benton Barker, Flash Fiction Section Editor

Myna Chang, introduced by Jacqueline Doyle, Creative Nonfiction Section Editor

Adelina Sarkisyan, introduced by Suzanne Grove, Associate Editor & Short Fiction Section Editor


Editor in Chief Courtney Harler will moderate the event.

Additional details provided via email upon registration.

2022 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award | $3,400 Awarded

Submissions are open November 1, 2022, to December 29, 2022. Guest Judge Ingrid Rojas Contreras will choose three winning essays from the shortlist.

GUIDELINES:

  • Open November 1 to December 29, 2022.
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers.
  • Creative nonfiction only! (Please, no academic work, fiction, or poetry.)
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • 6,000 word count maximum.
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, speculative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints or partial reprints, including self-published work (even if only on social media), for our contests. Reprints will be automatically disqualified.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers, please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • The $20 reading fee per entry allows ONE longform creative nonfiction piece from 1,001 to 6,000 words OR up to TWO flash creative nonfiction pieces of 1,000 words or fewer each. If submitting TWO flash pieces (2,000 words maximum combined/1,000 words maximum each), please put them both in a SINGLE document.
  • We allow multiple submissions—each entry should be accompanied by a reading fee.
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT.
  • Please double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12.
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable).
  • 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 fees).

AWARDS:
The writers of the three winning pieces will receive:

  • $1,000 each;
  • publication in CRAFT, each with an introduction by Ingrid Rojas Contreras;
  • publication of an author's note (craft essay) to accompany the piece;
  • and a set of six titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series.

The two writers chosen in the editors’ choice round will receive:

  • $200 each;
  • publication in CRAFT, each with an introduction by the editorial team;
  • and publication of an author’s note (craft essay) to accompany the piece.

FINE PRINT:

  • Friends, family, and associates of the guest judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.
  • Our collaboration with editorial professionals in the judging of our contests and the awarding of our prizes does not imply an endorsement or recognition from their agencies/houses/presses/universities/etc.
  • Read our 2021 contest winners for examples of work we’ve chosen in the past.
  • As we only consider unpublished writing, and will publish the winning pieces in June 2023, anything under contract to publish prior to September 2023 should not be entered.

OPTIONAL EDITORIAL FEEDBACK:
You may choose to receive editorial feedback on your piece(s). 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. Work that we critique is not eligible for future CRAFT contests. Learn more about our program here.

OUR GUEST JUDGE:

INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds, was named a Best Book of Summer by TIME and is a finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Her first novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, earned a silver medal for First Work of Fiction from the California Book Awards, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Cut, Guernica, and Zyzzyva, among others. She lives in California, where she is a Visiting Writer at the University of San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @ingrid_rojas_c.

OUR PARTNERS:

GRAYWOLF PRESS is a nonprofit literary publisher of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and work in translation. 

Their Mission:

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace. We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.

BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS has also generously partnered with CRAFT to provide contest submitters a free six-month subscription to their weekly e-newsletter Sapling (a $15 value). Sapling is a wonderful resource for writers highlighting the best the small-press and indie-publishing world has to offer. The coupon code will be provided upon submission.

CRAFT offers editorial feedback on prose 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 work, 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 / Flash CNF up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three micro* pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words): $59
  • Short Story / Essay 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one piece): $79 
  • Short Story / Essay 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one piece): $99

*For our purposes, micros should be about 300 words maximum apiece, please. Include all three micros in ONE document.

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

  • Please send only .doc or .docx if possible, so that we can use MS Word's Track Changes for marginal notes.
  • Please double-space and use Times New Roman 12.

Guidelines:

  • CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all prose writers.
  • Fiction or creative nonfiction only.
  • International submissions are welcome
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • 6,000 word count maximum—short prose only.
  • If sending up to three micros, include all pieces in ONE document.
  • 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).

Welcome to CRAFT.


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 Creative Nonfiction category for essays of fewer than 1,000 words.  

As we have always done with our fiction as well, each published work of creative nonfiction will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that both focus on the craft of 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.
  • We accept longform creative nonfiction only in this category; please, no academic work (we have a separate category for Critical Writing & Interviews).
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • We adhere to a 6,000 word count maximum (for essays of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the more appropriate Flash Creative Nonfiction category).
  • We review literary nonfiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles including memoir, lyric essays, personal essays, narrative nonfiction, speculative creative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.
  • We do consider reprints, though we are unable to pay for these pieces.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is selected for publication 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 longform creative nonfiction at a time, until you've heard back from us.
  • 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.
  • 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. 


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 Creative Nonfiction category for essays between 1,000 and 6,000 words.

As we have always done with our fiction, each published work of creative nonfiction will include an author’s note and an editorial introduction that both focus on the craft of 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.
  • We accept flash creative nonfiction only in this category; please, no academic work (we have a separate category for Critical Writing & Interviews).
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • We adhere to a 1,000 word count maximum (for essays between 1,000 and 6,000 words, please choose the Creative Nonfiction 1–6K category)—please send only ONE flash creative nonfiction 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 file 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, speculative creative nonfiction, and experimental prose—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.
  • We do consider reprints, though we are unable to pay for these pieces.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is selected for publication 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 flash creative nonfiction at a time (unless you're sending three micros, of course), until you've heard back from us.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 fiction excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words. See our Flash Fiction category for stories of fewer than 1,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, but subsequently must 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.
  • We accept short fiction and standalone excerpts only in this category.
  • International submissions are welcome.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • We adhere to a 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the more 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, though we are unable to pay for these stories.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is selected for publication 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 short fiction at a time, until you've heard back from us.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 category for stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words.

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, but subsequently must 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.
  • We accept flash fiction only in this category.
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • We adhere to a 1,000 word count maximum (for stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words, please choose the more 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 file 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, though we are unable to pay for these stories.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is selected for publication 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 flash fiction at a time (unless you're sending three micros, of course), until you've heard back from us.
  • 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.
  • 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 prose 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 both short fiction and longform creative nonfiction (short stories, standalone excerpts, and creative nonfiction essays) between 1,000 and 6,000 words, and for flash and micros (both fiction and creative nonfiction) 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 creative nonfiction, and we pay $100 for accepted flash or micro pieces. To serve our aim of exploring the art of prose, each published piece 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: 

  • This special fast response category is open only to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers.
  • International submissions are allowed.
  • Please submit work primarily written in English, but conceptually or stylistically necessary codeswitching is warmly welcomed.
  • Previously unpublished works only.
  • For short fiction and longform creative nonfiction, we adhere to a 6,000 word count maximum.
  • For flash, we adhere to a 1,000 word count maximum—please send only ONE flash prose 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 file counts as ONE submission.
  • We review literary prose, 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 selected for publication 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 (unless you're sending three micros, of course), until you've heard back from us.
  • 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.
  • 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 option when you submit your work. 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 pieces aren't for us. Please do not send personal essays—send those to our creative nonfiction forms. We pay $50 for craft and critical essays, $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 who explicitly explore or subvert craft in their work. These pieces are typically between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Again, we recommend familiarizing yourself with our archive.

We welcome queries, pitches, and completed interviews with 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. Overall, you may have one piece of fiction (either short or flash), one piece of creative nonfiction (either 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 us. 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 creative nonfiction. 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 (in lieu of more formalized citation styles, we simply use hyperlinks). 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 comprise a critical essay about one or more of the interviewee's books. We consider both completed pieces and queries/pitches.

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