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.
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.