American Chordata seeks short works of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. We have no formal word limits or stylistic constraints but look for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. Please send us only finished work that you really believe in.
We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can, but allow up to 12 weeks after the submission deadline for a response. We are currently closed for submissions in poetry and fiction, but will reopen both in the fall. We are not accepting unsolicited art and photography submissions at this time.
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We are thrilled to be opening translation submissions to American Chordata!
We're looking for original translations into English of brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We love writing that is earnest, surprising, elegant, quirky, or outright strange. We're particularly keen to publish translations of writers on the margins--whether because of their race, class, religion or beliefs, sexual or gender identity, or because of their inventive style of writing.
Please submit, in a single document, one story or essay (two is ok if they're very short) or up to five poems, along with the piece(s) in their original language. We expect that you will have cleared permission with the author to translate and publish their work.
We are committed to paying the writers and translators whose work we publish. In order to fund this, please consider making a small donation with your submission, if you are able to contribute. Should you wish to make a larger donation, please visit our website. Thank you for helping us to support great writing!
We are looking for nonfiction that tells a story that no one has heard before, or tells us an old story in a way we never expected to read it. We are just as interested in great writing as we are in great stories. We'd encourage you to subscribe for an idea of what we like (and to support an independent, ad-free, non-profit magazine!) Please submit your work in a way that is pleasant to read and discuss. We ask that you include no more than two essays per submission.
We are committed to paying the writers whose work we publish. In order to fund this, please consider making a small donation with your submission, if you are able to contribute. Should you wish to make a larger donation, please visit our website. Thank you for helping us to support great writing!