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.
Please note that we can only issue payments using PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD.
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 Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format).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 leave a comment via Submittable. Email notifications of withdrawals will be ignored as we simply cannot keep up with the volume of them.

  “Isn’t that also rebellion?” asks Hanif Abdurraqib, in a sustained elegy to black men and women killed by police. “To stare into the horizon and not see a funeral?” Bänoo Zan places her 2016 poetry collection, Songs of Exile, within a global literary tradition “of loss and longing.” Yusuf Saadi addresses a love sonnet to light itself: “Know I love the way you warm my fingers, / And pour gilt on my hardwood floors.” Doyali Islam finely weaves a spiritual lineage of multiple delicate strands: “I am Ishmael’s progeny, or Isaac’s –– no matter.” And in her poem “Most Wanted,” Mohja Kahf warns: “God is on the loose. / Henceforth beware: / You may find God in heathen beauty … You may have to behave / as if each human being / could reflect God’s Face.” 

These poets evoke lived experiences both within and without the scope of a Muslim identity, sometimes in a deliberately plain vernacular, sometimes with inherited languages and traditions of the sacred; with fugitive subtlety or with the bold authority of prophets. Does that make their work “Muslim” writing?

In 2019, The Puritan will publish a special supplementary issue edited by guest editor Rahat Kurd, to ask the question: “What does it mean to be a Muslim writer?” 

For this issue, The Puritan invites original and previously unpublished poetry submissions in English from both established and emerging writers who identify as Muslim, as well as original translations into English. We seek poetry whose focus on craft makes a compelling stand against the monolith of identity, whether chosen or inherited, illuminating and enriching a wide range of subjects and forms. 

Submissions are open until November 21st, 2018.

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 December 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.

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.

Open until December 25.

Ends on December 25, 2018

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.

Ends on December 25, 2018

  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 $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.

The Puritan Literary Magazine