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

The Puritan pays high bounties for quality work!

Our current publication rates stand as:

  • $100 PER INTERVIEW,
  • $100 PER ESSAY,
  • $100 PER REVIEW,
  • $75 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $20 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. (In fact, we just did! These will be our rates starting with our first issue in 2018. If your piece is accepted for Fall 2017, our rates are: $50 for fiction and $15 per poem. The same non-fiction rates apply.)

Please note that the publication rates for works that appear in our occasional Supplement Series are reduced due to volume. Each accepted work of non-fiction, fiction, or group of poems will receive an honorarium of $20.

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 Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format).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 withdraw the entire package and re-submit those pieces that are still available.

Ends on December 31, 2017

The Puritan is calling for submissions to a special supplement to its Winter Issue, “Literary Suburbia.” Accepting short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews.

Sprawling and monotonous, housing melancholic households with hidden dysfunctions—the suburbs, as they are often depicted in literature, are sinister places, dangerous precisely because of their seeming innocence. In the works of writers like Richard YatesJeffrey EugenidesJonathan Franzen, and Tom Perrotta, the placid veneer of everyday life disguises some rotting underneath; the abnormalities, tragedies, and illicit activities of its citizenry. For those who have lived in the suburbs, the suburban literary tradition is often ambiguous. Representations of suburbia that emphasize malaise can validate the banality of living in the suburbs, but such representations can also fail to capture the broader range of experiences that make up suburbia. In our contemporary context, the suburbs are not always uniform spaces. The suburbs are full of nuances and complexities, many of which are inherent to living in a liminal space—not urban, not rural, but somewhere in between.

The suburbs are often represented as being at a remove from social and political movements. In reality, the suburbs have always been politicized, and racialized, spaces—something that has been dealt with by suburban literature to varying degrees of success. The representation of suburban spaces as idyllic or sheltered places exists within a larger context, extending beyond the minutiae of domestic life and speaking directly to the means by which racial, political, and economic identities are formulated.

The “Literary Suburbia” supplement aims to publish work from a diverse range of perspectives—including those that challenge traditional renderings of the suburbs that fail to capture alternative economic and ethnic realities. Many of these traditional representations perpetuate the idea of the stereotypical white, middle-class suburb. In this supplement, we want to hear from writers whose perspectives represent the reality of heterogeneous suburban environments.

The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2017.

Ends on December 25, 2017$5.00
$5.00

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. 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.

Baffle us, tangle us up, or break our hearts. 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.

Ends on December 25, 2017$5.00
$5.00

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. 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.

Ends on December 25, 2017

Baffle us, tangle us up, or break our hearts. 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 $5, 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.
Ends on December 25, 2017
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 $5, 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.