We consider original, unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art and photography. Stories and essays should not exceed 8,000 words. Excerpts from novels and memoirs are considered but should be self-contained. Poetry submissions are limited to five poems per submission. Translations are considered in all genres; please include a copy of the original. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, however, please indicate this and let us know immediately if it has been accepted elsewhere.

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Tip jar submissions help sustain Isthmus. We do not distinguish between free and tip jar submissions during our reading and selection process.

Tip jar submissions help sustain Isthmus. We do not distinguish between free and tip jar submissions during our reading and selection process.

Tip jar submissions help sustain Isthmus. We do not distinguish between free and tip jar submissions during our reading and selection process.

Tip jar submissions help sustain Isthmus. We do not distinguish between free and tip jar submissions during our reading and selection process.

Isthmus includes one photo essay or art spread in each print issue, as well as individual images to accompany the written pieces in our online issues. We're interested in all types of image submissions.

Please include a short note about the idea behind the images. 

Captions are helpful where appropriate. They can be included in a numbered list in the cover letter, corresponding with the order of images. 

Please include no more than six low-res jpegs.

If you are submitting more than one poem, do not submit each poem separately. All poems should be included in one document and uploaded as one submission.

Isthmus includes one photo essay or art spread in each print issue, as well as individual images to accompany the written pieces in our online issues. We're interested in all types of image submissions.

Please include a short note about the idea behind the images. 

Captions are helpful where appropriate. They can be included in a numbered list in the cover letter, corresponding with the order of images. 

Please include no more than six low-res jpegs.

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