The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.

Our current publication rates (as of Summer 2019) stand as:

  • $100 PER INTERVIEW,
  • $200 PER ESSAY,
  • $100 PER REVIEW,
  • $150 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $25 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $80 FOR POEMS RUNNING FOUR PAGES OR MORE).

Check back with the magazine regularly; The Puritan is working ever assiduously to increase these figures.

Please note that we can ONLY issue payments using PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD. If you cannot accept payment via PayPal or cheque from a Canadian bank, we cannot accept your submission.

***Please note that as of June 18, 2020, we have reached our limit for unpaid submissions. You can continue to submit to the Thomas Morton Prize and our fee categories. We will reopen to unpaid submissions on July 1, 2020. Thank you for understanding.***

Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of four categories: fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). The entry fee for the Thomas Morton Prize is $20; winners in fiction and poetry each receive $1,000 in cash prizes and runners-up are awarded $200, plus a generous prize pack of books and magazine subscriptions.


All submissions received by March 25 will be considered for the spring issue, published in May. Those received by June 25 are considered for the summer issue in August. Those received by September 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in November. Those received by December 25 are considered for the winter issue, out in February.


Send all questions and messages to puritanmagazine [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please note that we CANNOT accept email submissions. They will be discarded.
We are open to simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please leave a comment via Submittable. Email notifications of withdrawals will be ignored as we simply cannot keep up with the volume of them.

The Ninth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by PASHA MALLA (for fiction) and ROBIN RICHARDSON (for poetry). Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000

Runner-up: $200

In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at the end of November. Winning pieces will be published in the magazine the following day.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .odt or .rtf files and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre. 

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work.

The entrance fee this year is $20, which helps us pay for the prize, our operating expenses, and allows us to compensate contributors to the magazine.

The deadline to enter is OCTOBER 15, 2020.

 The Ninth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by PASHA MALLA (for fiction) and ROBIN RICHARDSON (for poetry). Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000

Runner-up: $200

In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at the end of November. Winning pieces will be published in the magazine the following day.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .odt or .rtf files (.pdf is also acceptable for poetry) and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre. 

 Entries must be previously unpublished, original work. 

The entrance fee this year is $20, which helps us pay for the prize, our operating expenses, and allows us to compensate contributors to the magazine.

The deadline to enter is OCTOBER 15, 2020.

Feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Stories of high quality and high word counts may be considered for serialization. Please read the fiction in our last two or three issues in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published. Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three.
 Please Note: All Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, this category is free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $3, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. We want your submission regardless!
 If submissions have been disabled on this category, it's because we've reached our monthly limit. We can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions each month. You can either submit to one of our fee submissions categories or wait until we reopen on the 1st of the next month. All of our submissions are considered equally.
 Open until December  25th

We’re looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. Send up to four poems at a time.
 Please Note: All Thomas Morton Memorial Prize entries must be accompanied by a payment of $20; however, this category is free of charge! You also have the option of giving The Puritan a tip of $3, should you wish to contribute to the overall costs of running the magazine. But thanks for your submission regardless! If submissions have been disabled on this category, it's because we've reached our monthly limit. We can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions each month. You can either submit to one of our fee submissions categories or wait until we reopen on the 1st of the next month. All of our submissions are considered equally.
 Open until December 25.

Please include a succinct essay pitch of no more than 250 words in the Cover Letter field. Pitches should compel us with daring ideas and urgent, captivating writing. If you’ve written the essay, attach your working draft as a Word doc. If you haven’t written it yet, attach a writing sample of published or unpublished non-fiction prose as a Word doc.
  Please read recently published essays in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published and to get a sense of the range of essay lengths and topics. Only submit one pitch per submission period. Open until December 25.

This is our fee submissions category for fiction. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re leaving space open for someone without the means to pay. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category, you’re also helping us pay to use Submittable and supporting the magazine. We appreciate your donation!
The Puritan remains committed to accepting no-fee submissions. If our no-fee category isn’t working right now, you are welcome to use the fee category or wait until the 1st of the next month, when we reopen again to no-fee submissions.
Feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Stories of high quality and high word counts may be considered for serialization. Please read the fiction in our last two or three issues in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published. Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three.
Open until September 25.

This is our fee submissions category for poetry. All of our submissions are considered equally. So why pay a fee when you don’t have to? You’re leaving space open for someone without the means to pay. Submittable is not free to use, and even with the subscription fee we pay, we can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions. By submitting to this category, you’re also helping us pay to use Submittable and supporting the magazine. We appreciate your donation!
 The Puritan remains committed to accepting no-fee submissions. If our no-fee category isn’t working right now, you are welcome to use the fee category or wait until the 1st of the next month, when we reopen again to no-fee submissions.
 We’re looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). Once again, please familiarize yourself with our last two issues. Send up to four poems at a time.
 Open until December 25.

 Please include a succinct essay pitch of no more than 250 words in the Cover Letter field. Pitches should compel us with daring ideas and urgent, captivating writing. If you’ve written the essay, attach your working draft as a Word doc. If you haven’t written it yet, attach a writing sample of published or unpublished non-fiction prose as a Word doc.    

Please read recently published essays in our Archive in order to familiarize yourself with the work we’ve published and to get a sense of the range of essay lengths and topics. Only submit one pitch per submission period. Open until December 25. 

Please note that this field is for submissions that come with a $3.00 USD fee. We know that it's not typical to request a fee for essay pitches. We can only accept a limited number of no-fee submissions each month, and lately we have been hitting that maximum more frequently. If you don't see a no-fee submission category, we have reached that limit. Our capacity resets on the 1st of each month. Please feel free to wait to until the 1st to send your pitch.

ATTENTION: THIS FORM IS FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR PATREONS OR RECIPIENTS OF THEIR GIFT SUBMISSIONS ONLY. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN EMAIL FROM THE PATREON SUPPORTER WITH CONFIRMATION.

Please format your submission title in the following way:

[FICTION/POETRY] [TITLE] [NAME OF PATREON SUPPORTER]


CONTEST DETAILS

The Ninth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by PASHA MALLA (for fiction) and ROBIN RICHARDSON (for poetry). Winners in each category will receive:

First Prize: $1,000

Runner-up: $200

In addition to the cash prizes, winners will be sent a prize pack of awesome books generously donated by their publishers, as well as annual subscriptions to a number of great print magazines.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at the end of November. Winning pieces will be published in the magazine the following day.

All submissions must be written in 11 or 12 point font. The documents must be .doc, .odt or .rtf files and must not have identifying information on them to ensure a blind process reading process (remove your name, address, and contact information from the document itself). For short story contest submissions, please include a word count. No works over 7,500 words or under 1,000 will be accepted or read. Each submission to the poetry contest can include up to 4 poems, or up to 4 pages (whichever comes first). We welcome multiple entries in either genre. 

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work.

The entrance fee this year is $20, which helps us pay for the prize, our operating expenses, and allows us to compensate contributors to the magazine. As a Submitter-Tier Patreon submitter, this fee is waived.

The deadline to enter is OCTOBER 15, 2020.

The Puritan Literary Magazine