American Chordata seeks short works of original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We have no formal word limits or stylistic constraints but look for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed.

We also welcome art and photography submissions.

We’re always open for submissions, but response times will be rather slow when we’re not in an active reading period. We hope you’ll forgive us for that!

We are currently accepting submissions for Issue Four. The deadline to be considered for Fall 2016 publication is July 15, 2016.

Please see our submission guidelines for more information about how to submit.

Please read these guidelines closely.

Submission Guidelines

Please send us only finished work that you really believe in.

Send all submissions via email to

Use the subject line, “[Fiction / Nonfiction / Poetry / Art / Photo] Submission.”

Please include a short autobiographical note in the body of your email.

At this time we are only accepting online submissions. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt formats. We welcome art and photography submissions in the form of low-resolution jpegs or links at which we can find the work online.

Please submit no more than 2 works of prose at a time, and no more than 5 works of poetry, art, or photography (3 if the poems are longish).

We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can, but allow up to 12 weeks for a response during reading periods.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we hope you’ll let us know if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

If accepted for publication, we ask for first serial rights to publish and distribute your story, essay, or poem(s) in the English language, in print and electronic formats, throughout the world.

We are a small, independent magazine and regret that we cannot offer compensation for publication at this time.