Pangyrus publishes well-crafted, thought-provoking essays, stories, poems, and comics both online and in two print editions per year— one anthology and one specialty volume. We encourage you to read us at pangyrus.com to get a sense of what we’re looking for.
Along with general submissions we are interested in a few specific categories: Zest!; In Sickness and In Health; Field Notes; Schooled; The Sounding Board; and a new category about family/parenting called Generations. We welcome writing about these subjects in any genre. For full descriptions of these categories please visit this section of our Submittable page.
You may also send us proposals for Reviews (book, tv, movies) or Lightning pieces. “Lightning” pieces are nonfiction essays that have immediate relevance or connection to a current event. They are for online publication and may or may not be right for the print edition. Word limit: 600 – 3,500. If you have a proposal for a nonfiction Lightning piece, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond within a week.
Some of the work we accept will appear in our 11th print issue (Fall 2023)! The theme for the issue is Choices. Choices define us — everyday choices, life choices, choices we wish we’d made, choices that the world or country or other people don’t allow us to make. Let’s hear about yours in poetry, essays, and stories. We’re especially interested in work that explores the tension between privilege and oppression, alienation and belonging. We find ourselves drawn to this quote from Audre Lorde, “Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution, but more usually we must do battle where we are standing.” Our daily reality is profoundly shaped by choices that were never up to us. Or that we do not recognize as choices. Or whose costs make them unthinkable. Enter the writers. The world we create on the page is different. Every writer knows choices shape our stories. Our art. Our meanings. We’d like to read yours.
Overall, if you think our readers will find it compelling, send it our way. We read every submission that we get with fresh eyes and open minds.
Please go to our Submittable page for details.