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.

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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Ends on October 31, 2018

Soft Skull Press is an independent publisher of books that engage art, culture, and current events in new and radical ways. During the month of October 2018, Soft Skull Press is accepting proposals for single-authored book-length works of nonfiction. Please submit a proposal that includes 1-3 sample chapters (maximum word count: 10,000). Before submitting, please take time to read some of our previously published works.

Please send a cover letter with your submission. In the letter, please include a brief synopsis of your project, and at least two Soft Skull books or authors that you see your work in conversation with. Please also specify whether you have a completed manuscript, and if not, when you expect to have one completed, and any foreseeable requirements that will be needed for completion.

We will consider one proposal per writer. Fiction and poetry manuscripts will not be considered at this time.

Ends on October 31, 2018

Catapult is accepting pitches for columns. We encourage you to check out a few of our previously published columns to get a feel for the type of work we’d like to see from our regular contributors. We pay for all pieces that are published.


When you submit you column pitch, be sure to include:

  • A suggested title for the column
  • An overview of the column’s theme, in as much detail as possible: what your column will be about, the reason(s) why you’d like to explore this particular topic, and why you think it would be a good fit for Catapult
  • Pitches for the first three installments you will write, if selected 
  • At least three clips of previously published work (blog posts are acceptable)

Please submit one complete column pitch at a time. If you are in touch with a Catapult editor, please feel free to contact them directly and do not double-submit to Submittable and a Catapult editor.

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.

Ends on October 31, 2018

Catapult is accepting fiction submissions during the month of October 2018. 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.