Thin Air is published in print once a year in the spring. We also publish work on our website as Web Features on an ongoing basis throughout the year.  Please review the submission guidelines for each genre before submitting.

We are no longer accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts for submission to the print magazine because our submission period has closed, but we will begin accepting submissions again in the Fall of 2017.

  • We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts submissions during the fall submission period.
  • We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online
  • Thin Air reads blind. Please make sure your manuscript does not contain any identifying information.
  • To get a better idea of our editorial focus, we encourage you to read past issues of Thin Air before submitting your work. You may purchase a past issue from us for $8 (includes shipping).
  • We accept and encourage simultaneous submissions. If work you have submitted to us is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately via Submittable.
  • We aim to review your work within 2-3 months. Please be patient with us—all Thin Air staff work on a volunteer basis, and strive to take great care with your work before making a decision.
  • Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we cannot respond personally to every submission

This is the newest issue of Thin Air Magazine printed in February 2017. It includes an interview with award-winning poet Ross Gay and original works by authors and artists throughout the country.

Thin Air Magazine is looking for guest blog posts - be that written words, photography, audio, video, and/or art work!

We welcome writers/artists/photographers/videographers in the Flagstaff community along with NAU students/faculty/staff to submit content to our blog. We also welcome writers not from/living in Flagstaff who've written something inspired by a visit or takes place in our great city!

We want to feature literary things-to-do and events as well as other place-based creative content.

This could be a video essay or poem about Flagstaff. It could be a fictional story that is set in Flagstaff (as long as it is labeled fiction). Or maybe you want to submit a nonfiction listicle or historical essay. Even a fictional 10-minute play set here. We are up for all formats/genres/ideas both traditional and out of the box. You've got to tell a story with what you submit, whatever the format/type. (Unless it is an event and in that case, be sure to give us the who/what/when/where/why/cost). Multimedia (you have a photo to go with a story, for example) is highly encouraged.

Only submit images you've taken, words you've written, art you've made.
All blog content must be suitable for all audiences.
If you submit images, you need to have at least a sentence or two for captions for each one.
If submitting photo slideshows, videos, or art or anything with music, you must have the rights to publish said content. In other words, no videos with songs ripped off from artists. Use free music, music you've made yourself, music used with written permission or no music. No photo essays or collages or art work with elements you ripped off from other photographers/videographers/artists/networks either. We want original copyright-free material.
You retain all rights to what you submit to us but do know we will promote it on social media and use corresponding images to do so.

All submissions must be under 1000 words (shorter work in the 300-500 word range is highly encouraged) (unless a 10-minute play, then it should be ten pages in stage-play format) and be labeled by genre. It should be labeled that it is being submitted to the blog.

For blog posts, we do require you publish under your real name (unless you are already known to the local public under a pen name) and tell us your relationship to Flagstaff (ie, you're a student at NAU or you work at a local restaurant or you were born here or you visited last December, you get the idea.)

Blog submissions open September 15, 2015 and close April 1, 2016 and must all be submitted via Submittable. Response rate times vary with the amount of content submissions we receive. We will post what we like as we get it!

Yes, we do welcome work you've written/made/produced for a class at NAU or CCC or even high school. No age limits, young or old. Everyone's invited to participate. 

All content selected is at the sole discretion of Thin Air editorial staff.

Web submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. The Web Editor reviews Submittable submissions throughout the year. 

FLASH, PLAYS, VIDEO LIT & ART: We accept flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry (up to 800 words) plus 10-minute plays, as well as video literature (cinepoetry, video essay, art films, etc), photography and other visual artwork on an ongoing basis to be featured on our website. DO NOT SUBMIT THE SAME MATERIAL TO THE WEBSITE AS YOU SUBMIT TO THE MAGAZINE. We only publish material that has not been previously published elsewhere. Please let us know if you need to withdraw your work because it was accepted elsewhere.

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS: We accept audio/video/text book reviews and author interviews for the website on an ongoing basis. 

Please include a brief, two sentence bio to run with all work, should your work be accepted. Include your Twitter handle, if you have one.

For videos/films, please send a link to your piece(s) on YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo or DropBox. Forart/photography, include links to your work on DropBox, your website, Instagram, etc. If you artwork is selected to be featured, we will ask for 6 different pieces to run with stories that month and write up a featured artist post with your work and link to your site/social. 

Response rate times vary from one week to three months, depending on the time of year and volume of submissions. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

Two copies of Thin Air Magazine vol. 21 (2015 issue)
Includes one past issue (2012-14) and the Spring 2015 issue. Please indicate which past issue you want.
Purchase one past issue of Thin Air Magazine.