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,
  • $50 PER WORK OF FICTION, AND
  • $15 PER POEM (OR PAGE, CAPPED AT $60 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 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 Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format).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.

$20.00
The Sixth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by HEATHER O'NEILL (for fiction) and SUZANNE BUFFAM (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'll list all of the donors here as they are confirmed.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at our annual Black Friday celebrations. 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 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. 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.
$20.00
The Sixth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is now open! This year, the winners will be selected by HEATHER O'NEILL (for fiction) and SUZANNE BUFFAM (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'll list all of the donors here as they are confirmed.

We will announce our shortlist in early November and announce the winners at our annual Black Friday celebrations. 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 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. 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.
Ends on September 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 September 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 September 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.
Ends on September 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 August 31, 2017

In October, our blog, The Town Crier, will talk about ghosts. Maybe you grew up in a haunted house. Maybe you received a visit from a deceased relative in a dream. Maybe a wet, angry, dark-haired child crawled through your TV and damaged your floors. 

We’re looking for your experiences with and curiosities about ghosts. Please submit your essays, interviews, and fictitious realities. They can be mythical, inherited, or imagined. We want to hear your ghost stories as well as your relationship to horror, hauntings, and the other-worldly. It’s okay if you don’t believe. It’s also okay if you do.

Submissions are open until August 31st, 2017. Email towncrieronline [at] gmail [dot] com with any drafts, pitches, or questions or send us a complete submission on our Submittable.

Please note that at this time, we cannot pay blog contributors. Please see our other categories to see our rates for fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews.