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 We feature previously unpublished creative work weekly, with occasional reprints, as well as weekly critical pieces including essays on narrative craft, interviews, book annotations, and more.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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2021 CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award | $3,600 Awarded

Submissions are open November 1 to December 30, 2021. Guest judge Ira Sukrungruang will choose three winning essays from the shortlist.

GUIDELINES:

  • Open November 1 to December 30
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Creative nonfiction only!  (please no academic work, fiction, or poetry)
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 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, 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  • Previously  unpublished work only—we do not review reprints or partial reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We  allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows ONE 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 pt. font
  • 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 Ira Sukrungruang
  • Publication of an Author's Note (craft essay) to accompany the piece
  • A  complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series

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

  • $300 each
  • Publication in CRAFT
  • Publication of an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the piece
  • A  complete set of fourteen titles of Graywolf’s The Art Of series


FINE PRINT:

  • Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award
  • Our collaboration with editorial professionals in the judging and awarding of our contests does not imply an endorsement or recognition from their agencies/houses/presses/universities/etc.
  • Check out our 2020 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 2022, anything under contract to publish prior to August 2022 should not be entered


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.

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 category was open exclusively to Black writers until November 2020).

This form is for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts) between 1,000 and 6,000 words. 

We will respond to your piece within four weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback. 

We pay $200 for accepted short stories. 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.

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


Other opportunities:

If you are a BIPOC writer or other historically mis- or underrepresented writer looking for free fast response for flash fiction (fewer than 1,000 words), please use this form.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


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


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT fiction is only open to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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


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 category was open exclusively to Black writers until November 2020). 

This form is for flash fiction up to 1,000 words.

We will respond to your piece within four weeks of submission. If we decline your work, we'll offer a few lines of actionable feedback.

We pay $100 for accepted flash fiction. 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.

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


Other opportunities:

If you are a BIPOC writer or other historically mis- or underrepresented writer looking for free fast response for short fiction (short stories and standalone excerpts between 1,000 and 6,000 words), please use this form.

We also offer full editorial feedback at rates based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association. Please follow us on Twitter for news of monthly free opportunities for Black writers.


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


GUIDELINES:
 

  • This special fast response category for CRAFT Flash Fiction is only open to BIPOC writers and other historically mis- and underrepresented writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Previously unpublished fiction only 
  • 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 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 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 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
  • 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 essays, and book annotations. For interviews and hybrid interviews, please choose this submission form. 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 writing.


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/CNF. 

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 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.

Interested in interviewing for CRAFT? For a look at the type of content we publish, please visit our Craft Section

We do not consider previously published material (reprints) in this category. All work in this section is concerned with fiction or creative nonfiction. We are interested in conversations with fiction and creative nonfiction writers/novelists focusing on the craft of writing. You may submit completed interviews or query/pitch here. We pay $50 for most standard interviews and $100 for hybrid interviews (a critical essay paired with a Q&A). 

For essays on writing craft, critical essays, and book annotations, please choose this submission form

We no longer allow multiple submissions—please send only one piece per genre at a time. If your craft/critical or interviews 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/critical piece or interview under consideration at one time.


Details:

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. 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.

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