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Non-profit publisher of fiction, poetry, art & ideas. Since 2003, where readers & writers meet. We know ourselves and our world by the stories we tell.

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Highlights

  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    4-12 weeks*
    Editor reported data
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    44 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    0.25%*
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Fee$26

Find more details in the Genres section

  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 40000 words max

Max words: 500

Max words: 40000

Sub Genres: Literary

Submission fee: $ 26

Payment: $

SHORT SHORT STORY manuscripts must be at least 500 and no more than 2,000 words in length.
 MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.
 NOVELLAS and other long works that are less than book length may run between 15,000 and 40,000 words. For works of this length, please submit the first 15,000 words with a synposis. (Based on our reading of the first 15,000 words, we will ask to see the complete manuscript if we think the work is suitable for Narrative.)
 SERIALIZATION OF BOOK-LENGTH WORKS. For consideration for serialization, please send the first chapter and a one-page synopsis of the book. (Based on our reading of the first chapter and synopsis, we will ask to see the complete book manuscript if we think the book is suitable for serialization in Narrative. For further information on our program of serializations, please click here.)


Nonfiction - 15000 words max

Max words: 2000

Max words: 15000

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

MANUSCRIPTS OF 2,000 to 15,000 WORDS can include short stories, essays, one-act plays, and other complete short works of nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of fiction and nonfiction.


Poetry

Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres but do not accept translations.


Play

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

We are particularly interested in finding dramas whose impact can be experienced as much on the page as in production. We are open to plays that have been previously published but are out of print, to plays that have been produced, and to ones that have never been produced or published. Length can run up to 15,000 words.

Audio

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO PROSE submissions may be fiction or nonfiction but should take a storytelling form. Audio prose submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long. Files must be no bigger than 50mb. NARRATIVE OUTLOUD AUDIO POETRY submissions must be in MP3 format and may be up to ten minutes long.
 Files must be no bigger than 50mb.

Video

Submission fee: $

Payment: $

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD VIDEO submissions may be short films and documentaries of up to 15 minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 or .mov format. Files must be no bigger than 50mb.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Google / other forms

  • Cover letter

    The author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page. Contributors are asked to include a brief biographical note with their submissions.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced.

  • Author's rights

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Additional info

    During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions. All submissions with a reading fee, from new or emerging writers, are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize, awarded annually. Payment to Authors: Narrative is strongly committed to supporting our authors’ work. Our current rates for work are as follows: —$500 for a Story of the Week. —$200 for a Poem of the Week. —$250 to $500 for 500 to 2,000 word manuscripts. —$500 to $1,000 for 2,000 to 15,000 word manuscripts. —$200 minimum for each accepted poem or audio/video piece. ($100 for poetry reprints.) —$100 for Readers’ Narratives.

Tracker statistics

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Total submissions tracked

44 days

Average response time

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Fastest response time

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Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 131 days, 131 days

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About

Narrative is dedicated to advancing literature in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging reading across communities and generations, in schools, and around the globe. Our digital library of new literature by celebrated authors and by the best new and emerging writers...

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Founded

2003

Country

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    Carol Edgarian

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    Tom Jenks

    Founder & Co-Editor