Map Literary

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


We have temporarily suspended all submissions while we catch up with a backlog, and work on publishing the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award and a new series of virtual creative writing readings and workshops. We expect to re-open submissions in the near future. Thank you for your interest in our magazine!


Map Literary publishes poems & prose poems, short stories & short-shorts, scholarly essays & creative nonfiction, and art.

We also run the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award every other year.

We do not consider work that has previously appeared elsewhere, either in print or on the web.

Please include a brief bio in the "cover letter" field when you submit. 

We accept simultaneous submissions but expect to be notified in a timely manner if the work has been accepted elsewhere.

For fiction and nonfiction, submit one piece at a time for consideration; do not send a second piece until you have received a response to the first. You may, however, submit in more than one genre at a time. For poetry, submit 3-5 poems at a time; please send only one file.

We value provocative themes, experimental works, genre confoundings, fugue complexities, beautiful syntax, original voices, aesthetic risk-taking, creative research, ethnic hybridity, gorgeous paperweights.

We dislike clichés, gimmicks, SUVs, righteousness, PowerPoint presentations, nuclear arsenals, talking heads.

Thematic cartographers, we want to model today’s ethical, ethnic, and aesthetic realities. We look foward to hearing from you.

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Map Literary