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. 

During the month of October 2018, we are accepting fiction submissions and pitches for columns. Please see below for details.

For both fiction and nonfiction 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.

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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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.

Please indicate if this is a resubmission or a revised pitch that Catapult editors have already seen.

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

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