Submit to Extract(s)
Extract(s) is looking for submissions for our Poems, Stories, and Mid-Week features, as well as excerpts from upcoming novels, memoirs, and poetry and story collections. We take submissions via our online submission manager only. We do accept simultaneous submissions, as long as we are notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We are not yet accepting self-published work.
Payment is publication on the site and in our annual anthology (for poems and stories only).
What we don’t publish
- We don’t usually accept work that includes graphic depictions of sex, violence, religion or politics.
- We don’t often publish very long poems.
- We have a bias against adverbs and gerunds.
- We respect, a great deal, those who write and publish poems in traditional forms, but we don’t often publish them (unless it is a drop-dead gorgeous villanelle , sestina, or pantoum).
If you are interested in having “In Place” feature your writing program/group/reading series, please send a formal query to us here.
Guidelines for Submission
Please submit up to five (5) poems. We are looking for smart, fresh,well-crafted pieces to consider. If you took a look through our personal poetry collection you would find writers who challenge us, who move us, and who we cannot help but share with others. Do you think you have a poem that will take off the top of our head? Submit now! Our submission period is always open, but please wait at least six months before sending another.
Please submit one short story (fiction or non-fiction) of no more than 1,500 words. We are looking for fresh, well-crafted stories that make us cry and laugh and think. We want to be moved in some fundamental way in as few words as possible. Our readers should carry your characters with them as they go about the rest of their day—or longer.
Please submit up to three pieces of work that presents narratives and poetry in non-traditional ways. Like our original Haiku feature, we embrace work that uses visual elements to enhance storytelling and deepen meaning. We are looking for graphic poems, comics, narrative photography, video poems, short films, and things we haven’t even imagined yet. We encourage collaborative submissions in this category. Our primary requirements remain the same: quality work that sticks with us.
Please submit no more than 1,500 words of prose and three poems from a book that has been published in the past three months or will be published in the coming weeks/months/year. We will accept excerpts from publishers and writers, but are not yet accepting self-published work.