Catapult is an innovative publisher that celebrates extraordinary storytelling. We accept submissions of literary fiction, memoir, nonfiction, literary journalism and graphic narrative. 

We promote American and international fiction and narrative nonfiction that is alive, insightful, illuminating, stirring, and surprising by way of unique voices—whether emerging or established—that honor the craft of writing. “We must contribute to both contemporary literary culture and the pleasure and knowledge of a diverse and serious readership,” says Editor in Chief Pat Strachan. “As Rebecca Mead wrote in The New Yorker, ‘There are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained.’”

While we no longer accept book-length unagented manuscripts, we do welcome short fiction and nonfiction of 500-6000 words for our online magazine. Please include a cover letter along with your piece. Writers will receive compensation for accepted online magazine pieces.

We will respond to submissions within six months, hopefully earlier. We accept all file formats.

In the meantime, do check out our online magazine,, which features a Community site where emerging writers can post their work and receive feedback from one another. We hope you'll find this an engaging and safe way to bring your words into the world. 

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Catapult's online magazine is accepting narrative nonfiction submissions. We welcome personal essays, lyric essays, reportage, and unconventional prose which resists categorization. 

Preferred word count for submissions is 500 - 6000 words. Writers will receive compensation for accepted pieces.