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.’”

Currently, we welcome short fiction and nonfiction of 500-6000 words for our online magazine. 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.

During the months of March and August, 2017, our imprint Black Balloon Publishing will accept book-length works of unconventional and graphic narratives. Look for more information nearer the time!

In the meantime, do check out our online magazine,, which features a 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. 

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The Gigantic Book of Tiny Crimes, an anthology of "flash noir" to be published by Catapult's Black Balloon imprint, will feature 50 tales of tiny tightrope robberies, disastrously diminutive double crosses, mournful muggings, and murders both foul and sweet. This anthology of flash noir will explore the genre of crime fiction—from the most hardboiled of noirs to the coziest of mysteries—gathering leading and emerging literary voices who scour the underbelly of modern life to expose the criminal, the illegal, and the depraved.

Nadxieli Nieto and Lincoln Michel previously co-edited and published Gigantic Worlds, a science flash fiction anthology with new (or previously uncollected) work from Ted Chiang, Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, Charles Yu, Alissa Nutting, Philip K. Dick, and more.

Submission guidelines:

We’re looking for a diverse collection of stories from writers of different aesthetics and backgrounds. Crime fiction is defined loosely here, with an eye toward weird crime/noir—stories that push against and redefine what a crime is, and who criminals are. Previously unpublished stories only.

Submissions should be under 1,200 words.

“The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change.” ― Samuel R. Delany

Compensation for accepted pieces: $60

Catapult Community is currently accepting submissions for our Literary Pet of the Month series.

We welcome entries extolling your pet’s virtues as a reading companion, rigorously crafted comparisons to famous literary pets, introspective meditations on the reason you named your pet after a writer or a character in literature, and any other submissions that could engrave your pet’s story into the annals of literary history.

Submissions should be one paragraph in length. We also ask that you provide a photo of your furry (scaly) friend for fact-checking purposes. One winner will be chosen and featured on Community every month.

For inspiration, we invite you to look at Marie-Helene Bertino's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'

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.