Submission Guidelines

Issue 97, Summer 2017. Photograph courtesy of Reid McNally Issue 97, Summer 2017. Photograph courtesy of Reid McNally


Open only to new writers. Deadline April 1, 2020.

The Oxford American welcomes submissions for a work of fiction from an emerging writer for our Fall 2020 issue. We are eager to feature a writer whose fiction has not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The Fall issue will be on newsstands starting August 2020.
Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere.

Submit now.


The Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is a $3 processing fee for most categories.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.

Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here. Issues appear in March, June, September, and November. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in November. 

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