- 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- We only consider unpublished work.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 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 released spring 2018! Featuring the winners of our inaugural Gas Station Prize hybridity contest!
Note: Currently, we can only ship within the United States. If you are shipping outside of the US, the shipping costs increase, and we ask that you please send us a note with your shipping destination and we will be in touch!
Web submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. A team of editors review Submittable submissions throughout the year, and we vow to do our best to respond in a timely fashion.
FLASH, PLAYS, VIDEO LIT & ART: We accept flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry (up to 1000 words) 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. We do not accept work for Web Features with a word count in excess of 1000 words. 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 pitches for audio/video/text/book reviews and author interviews for the website on an ongoing basis.
We reserve the right to consider publishing works featured online in forthcoming print issues of Thin Air Magazine.
Please include a brief, two sentence bio (fifty words) to run with all work, should your work be accepted. Include your Twitter handle and/or Instagram, if you have either.
For videos/films, please send a link to your piece(s) on YouTube, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo or DropBox. For art/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!
Because your submission will be seen by numerous readers and editors, our tastes are eclectic. However, every reader and editor has one thing in common—we want stories that thrill. Whether your story is hilarious, gripping, or gut-wrenching, we want you to draw us in immediately and force us to read to the final line. Everything else, really, is just formatting.
Formatting: We accept fiction up to 3,000 words. Submissions should be one short story or up to three flash pieces each under 750 words. Novel excerpts are OK if self-contained. Stories that contain visuals or art are welcome as long as you own the copyrights.
We also ask that you use standard manuscript formatting for fonts, margins, and spacing. Finally, remember to remove your name and other identifying information from all manuscript pages.
We only consider previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please remember to let us know if it has been accepted elsewhere.
Thin Air is looking for nonfiction work that is pushing at the boundaries of the genre. We are looking for well-told, simple, true stories that read like fiction, with powerful language and rumination that explore the complexities of those simple stories.
Formatting: We accept nonfiction up to 3,000 words. Submissions should be one short essay (in any form) or up to three pieces each under 750 words. Essays that contain visuals or art are welcome as long as you own the copyrights. However, we reserve the right to accept stories with or without accepting the art.
Please include word count at the top of your manuscript. We also ask that you use standard manuscript formatting for fonts, margins, and spacing. Thin Air reads blind, so please make sure that your manuscript does not contain any identifying information.
No previously published work, please. Simultaneous submissions are OK, as long as you notify us immediately if your work is no longer available for consideration.
Submit up to 3 poems. Please include all poems in one file, maximum of 5 pages per overall submission.
Please use standard formatting (Times New Roman, 12 point.)
Thin Air reads blind, so please make sure that your manuscript does not contain any identifying information.
We will only consider previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please withdraw your piece and let us know if it has been accepted elsewhere.
We look for poems that resonate with readers, that vibrate with a emotional frequency, and that have paid immense attention to language, sound, imagery, tone, and other lyrical forms. We encourage poem(s) that show a moving, personal progression from one point to another.
More than anything, send us poems that you want to read. Feel free to check out our previous publications in poetry for an idea of what we like. Thanks for submitting, and good luck!
*Limited to only issues we still have in stock, if you request an issue we no longer have we will contact you*