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The Rumpus

Literary Magazine








A place to read, on the Internet. A literary community.


  • Vibe:Top-tier stuff. Not Paris Review, but ok
  • Response time:
    within 3-4 months*
    Editor reported data
    78 days*
    Chill Subs tracker stats
  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Work acquired through solicitation: 5%

Paysfrom $0

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

    From the editors

    Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    From the editors


    What's that?

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

Fiction - 5500 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 5500

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Experimental, Humor, LGBTQ+ Stories, Speculative

Payment: $ per piece

Please submit a short story of up to 5,500 words as a double-spaced Word doc or PDF, accompanied by a brief cover letter and third-person bio. If you are sending flash fiction (1000 words or less), you’re welcome to submit up to three pieces for consideration as one submission.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max words: 4000

Payment: from $null

In addition to personal narrative-driven essays we are interested in non-traditional forms of nonfiction. Essays should explore issues and ideas with depth and breadth, illuminating a larger cultural context or human struggle. Regardless of topic, we are looking for well-crafted sentences, a clear voice, vivid scenes, dramatic arc, reflection, thematic build, and attention to the musicality of prose.


Max pieces: 3

Payment: from $null


Max words: 1200

Max words: 2500

Payment: $ per piece

Reviews of poetry books, chapbooks, and prose books.


No specific limitations


No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Essays: A cover letter is also welcome. Tell us a little bit about yourself, why you chose The Rumpus, where your work has appeared before, or anything else you think might be important for us to know. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but do withdraw your submission if your essay is picked up elsewhere. Funny Women: Not necessary, but you should know it's 10x harder to pass on your submission if your cover letter is super nice and exudes confidence and evidence that you've read and loved the column/me. Author bios: Please! Even if you've never been published (and who cares if you haven't), you can still reveal the city where you live and if you have any pets. Reviews: In your cover letter, please include: your contact information and a brief bio that we would use should your review be accepted

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please provide the following information at the top of your review: title of book being reviewed, author of book, name of press and publication date, reviewer's name and email address. Reviews should be single-spaced and paginated. Poem excerpts of more than three lines should be formatted exactly as they appear on the page, and set off in the text of the review. Please include at least 1–2 excerpts of more than three lines. Shorter excerpts should be quoted within the text of the review using quotation marks and virgules ( / ), with one space ahead and behind the virgule to indicate line breaks. Poems cannot be reprinted/quoted in their entirety. When excerpting poems, spaces at the front of the line and within lines should be done using the space bar rather than the tab key. There is no need to cite page numbers within the review, but please check excerpts and quotes carefully to ensure they are free of errors and formatted correctly.

  • Author's rights

    Contributors retain rights to their work.

  • Additional info

    Payments average $20-40 per piece.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

78 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

7 days

Fastest response time

554 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 2716 days, 724 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

73 days

12-month average response time

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The Rumpus publishes original fiction, poetry, literary humor writing, comics, essays, book reviews, and interviews with authors and artists of all kinds. Our mostly volunteer-run magazine strives to be a platform for risk-taking voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere. We lift up ne...

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    Editor Aram Mrjoian avatar

    Aram Mrjoian


    Editor Alyson Sinclair avatar

    Alyson Sinclair

    Publisher and Executive Director