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 narrative nonfiction and fiction for our online magazine. While we publish pieces that are anywhere from 500 to 6000 words long, a typical piece has around 2500 words.
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 aim to 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.
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As always, we welcome short stories, novel excerpts that stand on their own, and translated fiction. We pay for all pieces that we publish.
We are particularly interested in fiction under 1000 words. If you’d like a few examples, we’re proud to have published Elizabeth Crane's "The Longest Trial", Anya DeNiro's "Take Pills and Wait for Hips", Jess Zimmerman’s “Never Quiet Again”, Nao-cola Yamazaki’s “A False Genealogy,” and Rion Amilcar Scott’s “Boxing Day.”
Please submit only one story at a time. If you are in touch with a Catapult editor, please share your writing with them via email, and do not submit here.