Catapult is an innovative publisher that celebrates extraordinary storytelling. We promote American and international fiction and narrative nonfiction that is insightful, 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.’”

We welcome nonfiction for our online magazine. While we publish pieces that are anywhere from 500 to 6000 words long, a typical piece has around 2500 words. 

Our Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction categories will be open for submissions once again on April 1st, 2019! 

For both fiction and nonfiction manuscript submissions, please include word count and your email address in the document. Please submit only one piece at a time, and 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. 

If you are in touch directly with a Catapult editor, please share your writing with them via email, and do not submit here.

Soft Skull, our sister publisher, opens to unsolicited manuscript submissions twice a year, in April and October. Submission guidelines will be posted on their website one month prior to each submission period. Soft Skull accepts all submissions through Submittable, and the Soft Skull submission category will appear below upon the start date of each submission period.

In the meantime, check out our 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.

Thank you.

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Tiny Nightmares will be a collection of  short and terrifying tales of monsters, madness, and nightmares. The anthology follows up on Tiny Crimes, an anthology of short crime fiction featuring stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Yuri Herrera, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and more. 

For Tiny Nightmares, we’re seeking short stories that play with and expand the boundaries of horror fiction -- think of the stretch of unlit highway between Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, and Stephen King’s IT. Stories that turn our understanding of “scary” on its (trembling) head. We’re looking for:

  • Stories of new monsters, and old ones that scare us in new ways
  • Tiny, intimate horrors to make our hair stand on end
  • Horror as cultural/political/environmental funhouse mirror
  • Subversions of traditional horror tropes
  • Something so scary we haven’t thought of it yet

Guidelines: 

Stories should be under 1200 words.

Stories should be previously unpublished. 

Payment will be $100 dollars. 

Deadline: May 1st

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