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We accept submissions between August 15th and March 15th. We do not read submissions outside the deadlines (they only unchain us for three weeks in the summer, and we hate missing that).

All submissions should have a brief cover letter that includes contact information (name, address, phone number, email), and all snail-mail submissions should also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for our response and be addressed to the appropriate genre editor (this last bit may seem trivial, but it makes our jobs the slightest bit easier, so thank you in advance). Manuscripts or other materials will be recycled.

All submissions must be previously unpublished. The Pinch purchases first North American serial rights upon acceptance; after publication, rights revert back to the author.

Payment starting with issue 35.2 (Fall 2015) is two copies of The Pinch issue in which the work appears. In addition, one work from each genre will be awarded a $200 Featured Writer award, as determined by the editors. There is no fee and all printed work will be considered.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please note if so in your cover letter.

Send only original work. If your work quotes or borrows from other work, that source should receive credit.

We prefer online submissions but do still accept snail-mail ones. We do NOT, however, accept submissions via email.

*Please note that all submissions are eligible for either journal or website publication. 


ONLINE SUBMISSIONS 

Please select the genre for which you are submitting for and then pay the $3 reading fee. Subscribers can submit for free through the “Subscriber’s Submission” category. People expressly solicited by a member of The Pinch staff can also submit for free through the “Solicited Submission” category.  

Fiction
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words.

Creative Nonfiction
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words.

Flash Pieces (Fiction or Creative Nonfiction)
Up to three flash pieces can be packaged as one submission. The non-flash genre guidelines still apply.

Poetry
A maximum of five poems may be submitted. Poems must be typed.

Art & Photography
In order to expedite the submission process, we request that art & photography are submitted electronically. Attach each image as a .jpg, .gif, or .png. Each image should not exceed 72 dpi. If accepted, we will request 300 dpi tiff files.

 

SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSIONS

As of March 15, 2015, The Pinch will no longer be accepting paper submission to the journal. We encourage you to submit through our online portal. 

Questions? Please let us know at editor@pinchjournal.com.