How and When to Submit
We encourage you to begin by reading more about The Brooklyn Quarterly, including our first issue, Garages and Grassroots. Then send us your work at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation of receipt right away, and we will aim to contact you within six weeks.
We currently accept unsolicited submissions of non-fiction, poetry, humor, fiction and literary work in translation — as well as photography, graphic and comic storytelling, and other visual work. Non-fiction pieces may include essays, first-person reporting and other forms of journalism and cultural analysis. For both non-fiction and fiction, we invite submissions of varying lengths — as few as 500 words and as many as 6,000. We also publish excerpts from forthcoming or recently published books. Poets, please limit your submissions to four poems or six pages total. We also encourage writers to contact us with pitches for interviews, dialogues, roundtable discussions, visual materials, or ideas for blog content to post between issues.
Compiling and Formatting Your Submission
Please format your submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or as a .pdf, or as a .pdf, .jpg, or .png file for visual work. We ask that you also include a short cover letter that contains a brief biography and any other information relevant to your submission.
We happily accept simultaneous submissions. As writers ourselves, we sincerely hope that you get published far and wide. Please reward our solidarity by notifying us promptly if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
We aim to respond to all submissions within six weeks. We may accept, regretfully decline, suggest edits, or inquire further about your work — but you’ll hear from us in any event.
Upon acceptance, we acquire first serial and limited, perpetual, nonexclusive online publication rights. Essentially, we acquire the right to publish your accepted work in our online forums before anyone else publishes it. We also reserve the right to include your work or any excerpt thereof in any print compilation issue, social media posts, partner content on other websites, or other marketing efforts, but we do not require that this precede publication of your work elsewhere. We appreciate your acknowledgement of The Brooklyn Quarterly as first publisher in any subsequent publication.
At this time, we cannot guarantee financial compensation for unsolicited work.
Submissions from Agents & Publicists Via Physical Mail
We invite galleys, advance reader copies, and review copies of books for excerpt consideration via physical mail. Please email us for further details.