We are currently closed to Fiction submissions but are open for submissions in Poetry, Nonfiction/Hybrids, Short-Shorts, and Writers on Writing. We are open for Fiction submissions from Sept 1-Oct 15 and Jan 1-Feb 15. All other genres remain open from Sept 1-Apr 15.
Please note that your submission, especially if it is on the shorter side, may be considered for online publication.
The Passages North poetry editors are looking for work that is honest, conscious of craft and form, knows rules and breaks them, owns its transgressions, and challenges conventions. We want to feel punches to the gut and goose-bumps of excitement. Send us poetry that gets us discussing, questioning, and thinking. We are very much open to poems that are experimental or non-traditional and also encourage submissions that encompass diverse voices and experiences.
Passages North accepts poetry submissions from September 1 to April 15. Please submit a packet of 1-5 poems for consideration. If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave us a note via your Submittable dashboard.
Genre editor: Patricia Killelea
Send us up to three short-shorts (fiction, nonfiction, prose poems) all pasted into one document.
On brand for our Short-Shorts: density + clarity, mystery + directness, science, diverse worlds and voices, an attention to the sentence, a final image or turn that breaks a reader, honesty about trouble, meditations that make us feel lost but not alone, restraint, suggestion, that image that makes us stop and re-read, robots, alternative histories, guilty pleasure pop culture, embarrassing obsessions, how to keep on trucking. That said, though, we try to publish an unlikely array of stories, so sometimes a straight narrative story with a punch gets us too.
What matters is that your short-short feels bigger and more important than the space should allow. Try us.
If you need to withdraw part of your submission, please leave us a note via Submittable.
Genre editor: Jennifer A. Howard
We're looking for all manner of well-written, innovative creative nonfiction including, but not limited to, lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, and literary journalism. We enjoy work that pays attention to form and language—whether traditionally or experimentally—and explores and challenges the boundaries of the genre. We seek work that is pathologically curious. That said, our primary concern is not with one particular component of creative nonfiction, but with the quality of the work.
In addition to standard (whatever that means) submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Passages North wants your hybrid work. Send us your orphans, your bastards, your bumpings, and your grindings, whether whimsical, grave, or neither.
Genre editor: Matthew Gavin Frank
We are OPEN for Fiction submissions from Jan 1-Feb 15! Send us your best!
Passages North accepts submissions of short fiction from 1,000-8,000 words.
We have diverse interests; don't hesitate to send us your wacky, your weird, your experimental. Settings we've never seen, situations we couldn't have imagined, characters doing work we didn't realize we wanted to know everything about. At the same time, we love the quiet ones, too. We love and accept diverse works for each issue. Please send us your best short story.
Please note that we now have two limited fiction submission periods, from Sept 1-Oct 15 and from Jan 1-Feb 15. Our other submission categories will remain open from Sept 1-Apr 15.
Genre editor: Monica McFawn
Contribute to Passages North's online Writers on Writing column. Send us short essays about how you write, craft tricks you're willing to disclose, frustrations about your muse. Send us your lamentations and praises. Tell us stories about stories. Share your insider info. Read our previous contributors and fill in the gaps. (Please include a short bio.)
Thank you so much for your donation to Passages North! Your contribution provides vital support in helping us showcase literature that matters and should be seen. Rocket Fuel submissions will be processed at the same rate, and with the same consideration, as regular submissions. We can't tell you how much we appreciate your generosity.
Please indicate the work's genre in the title of your submission, so that we can forward it on to the appropriate editor. If you don't tell us, we'll make our best guess, which might get a little weird.