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


  • 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.
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