We welcome poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions from emerging writers of all backgrounds and situations. Before sending us your work, please read the following guidelines.

  • We are looking for unpublished pieces that are compelling, immersive, and beautifully written.
  • We do not accept anything substantially written by an artificial intelligence.
  • While we welcome works on any topic, we do not publish erotica, diatribe, or literature with excessive swearing, explicit sex, or intense violence.
  • The maximum word count is roughly 4000 words.
  • Because the pieces we accept are mostly written by emerging writers, we work with the authors to make revisions and edits, ensuring that the pieces we publish are of the best possible quality. The feedback we give is similar to what you would receive in a writing workshop, and most of the suggestions will not be mandatory. Please be willing to listen and to improve your writing where necessary.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere before we respond with our decision.
  • We do not require any reading fees. We simply ask that when you submit your document, you also happily let us subscribe you to our email subscription list.

Email your submission as an attached document (.doc or .docx file) to Write “Pensieve Submission” in the subject line. We will let you know within three months if your writing is accepted.

If you become a published author with us, you will retain full rights over your work, meaning you may publish it again elsewhere as long as you cite The Pensieve as the place of first publication. We do not currently pay our authors.

Thank you for your interest in The Pensieve. We look forward to hearing from you!

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