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.

Thank you.

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We're reading pitches and submissions for our On Writing series. Pieces in this series feature writers on their favorite topic—writing. 

We publish essays that talk about the work of writing (Laura Goode on the art of pitching vs. submitting; Lynn Steger Strong on what to do once you've finished your novel), the writing life (Emily O'Neill on how every day is a writing day, with or without an MFA), the identity of being a writer (Ace Tilton Ratcliff on being a disabled writer; Mary Ann Thomas on being a writer and a nurse), among others. Find more examples of On Writing pieces here.

If you are pitching, please tell us the narrative arc of your story; the context/conversation with which you’re engaging and why (i.e. What's been written on this topic before? How will your essay talk about it differently/push the conversation forward?); links to relevant clips; and your sources and level of access, if you are reporting. 

If you are submitting a full draft, please do share the narrative arc, the cultural conversation with which you're engaging, and links to clips. We will only read submissions of 4000 words or less.

We're reading pitches and submissions for our Queer Life series. Pieces in this series feature queer writers examining the experience of what it means to be a queer person in the world today. Often, the essays we publish are a mix of memoir, cultural criticism, and/or reporting, though we welcome new formats as well.

Examples include s.e. smith on what it means to be trans in a small town; John Paul Brammer on leaving Oklahoma for New York; Naib Mian on his identity as a queer Muslim; Jeanna Kadlec on Christian music and coming out; and Elanor Broker on raising her son as a trans mother.

If you are pitching, please tell us the narrative arc of your story; the context/conversation with which you’re engaging and why (i.e. What's been written on this topic before? How will your essay talk about it differently/push the conversation forward?); links to relevant clips; and your sources and level of access, if you are reporting.

If you are submitting a full draft, please do share the narrative arc, the cultural conversation with which you're engaging, and links to clips. We will only read submissions of 4000 words or less.

We're reading pitches for our 15 Minutes series. Pieces in this series are hybrid profile-essays that feature people of interest to the writers and often explore the subjects' relationships to their communities, cultures—even the writers themselves. 

Examples include Anita Felicelli profiling the author Rachel Khong; Adrienne Keene profiling the jewelry designer Kristen Dorsey; Ikya Kandula profiling her eyebrow threader Anshu Thapa; and Rachel Veroff profiling the ballet class pianist Doug Schultz.

In your pitch, let us know your level of access to the subject and if you are able to take photography. Please submit only one pitch at a time.


We welcome short stories, novel excerpts that stand on their own, and translated fiction. We pay for all pieces that we publish. While we publish pieces that are anywhere from 500 to 6000 words long, a typical piece has around 2500 words. 

We are particularly interested in flash fiction (about  1000 words or less). 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.


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