General Submission Guidelines

Thin Air is now accepting work for our online and printed publications through Submittable. Our print issue-- published annually each spring-- will accept submissions until December 1, 2019. Our website, Thin Air Online, accepts and publishes work year round.

Please review our general and genre-specific guidelines below:

We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.) 

We accept simultaneous submissions. If any part of your submission is selected for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately using Submittable.

In an effort to encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers with diverse voices, Thin Air reads all submissions blind. Do not include any identifying information within your submission.

For a better idea of our editorial focus, we encourage submitting authors to read past issues of Thin Air. You may purchase a past issue from us for $8 (which includes shipping in the US).

Thin Air does not accept work from anyone affiliated with Northern Arizona University within the last 7 years.

Thin Air in print aims to respond to your submission within 2-3 months.  If you submit March-August, know that we likely won’t be able to respond until September when school is back in session.  Thank you for your patience!  The Thin Air staff is a volunteer-graduate-student-run magazine, and we strive to read every submission carefully before making a decision.  Thin Air Online accepts submissions on a rolling basis year-round and aims to respond to your submission within 1-3 months.

Although we have distinct genre editors for our print magazine (fiction/nonfiction/poetry/visual art), our MFA program is multi-genre and interdisciplinary, and so we are excited to receive hybrid work in any genre.  Thin Air Online accepts hybrid work as well.

Formatting Specifications: Please use fonts like Times New Roman/Calibri/Arial, 12pt., double spaced, 1 inch margins.  INCLUDE page numbers and a word count at the top of your manuscript. DO NOT INCLUDE your name/identifiers in your manuscript.  If the unique format of your submission is critical to the piece, please feel free to keep your unique formatting.  

Note that we may have to alter format for printing due to physical restraints and requirements.  Visual Art and Thin Air Online have their own formatting specifications listed on their submission pages.  

Thank you for submitting!


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Formatting: We accept fiction up to 3,000 words. We will consider novel excerpts as long as they can stand alone. Stories that contain visuals or art are welcome as long as you own the copyrights.  We may accept stories without accepting the art.

Please use fonts like Times New Roman/Calibri/Arial, 12pt., double spaced, 1 inch margins.  INCLUDE page numbers and a word count at the top of your manuscript.  DO NOT INCLUDE your name/identifiers in your manuscript.  If the unique format of your submission is critical to the piece, please feel free to keep your unique formatting.

Submission Deadline: This year’s print issue deadline is December 1, 2019.

Reminders: In addition to these guidelines, please read our General Submission Guidelines.  We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.).  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

Formatting: We accept nonfiction up to 3,000 words. We will consider book excerpts as long as they can stand alone. Stories that contain visuals or art are welcome as long as you own the copyrights.  We may accept stories without accepting the art.

Please use fonts like Times New Roman/Calibri/Arial, 12pt., double spaced, 1 inch margins.  INCLUDE page numbers and a word count at the top of your manuscript. DO NOT INCLUDE your name/identifiers in your manuscript.  If the unique format of your submission is critical to the piece, please feel free to keep your unique formatting.

Submission Deadline: This year’s print issue deadline is December 1, 2019.

Reminders: In addition to these guidelines, please read our General Submission Guidelines.  We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.).  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

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Formatting: Please send us up to three poems in one document totaling five or fewer pages. Poems that contain visuals or art are welcome as long as you own the copyrights.  We may accept poems without accepting the art.

Please use fonts like Times New Roman/Calibri/Arial, 12pt., double spaced, 1 inch margins.  INCLUDE page numbers and a word count at the top of your manuscript. DO NOT INCLUDE your name/identifiers in your manuscript.  If the unique format of your submission is critical to the piece, please feel free to keep your unique formatting.

Submission Deadline: This year’s print issue deadline is December 1, 2019.

Reminders:  In addition to these guidelines, please read our General Submission Guidelines.  We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.).  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

Formatting:  Submit up to five pieces for consideration.  Fit images into/to a 1000 x 1000-pixel box and save to medium jpeg quality to keep the file sizes small. Do not send PDFs for image submissions. 

Please include a brief description of your art and a two sentence bio.

Submission Deadline: This year’s print issue deadline is December 1, 2019.

Reminders: In addition to these guidelines, please read our General Submission Guidelines.  We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.).  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

Thin Air Online can be found here: thinairmagazine.org

Online Guidelines: Our MFA program is multi-genre and interdisciplinary, and so we are excited to receive hybrid work in any genre.

We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short plays, performance audio, as well as video literature (cinepoetry, video essay, art films, spoken word, etc.), photography, and other visual artwork on an ongoing basis to be featured on our website. WE DO NOT ACCEPT REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, OR EXCERPTS. Read print and online guidelines carefully, as there are differences in what is required and accepted. 

Formatting: We accept written submissions up to 1,500 words. For video or audio submissions, please keep them to five minutes or less. For visual art, we accept up to 5 pieces. 

Please include a brief, two sentence bio (fifty words) to run with all work, should your work be accepted. Include your social media handles, if there are any you want to share.

For fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or plays, send your submission through GOOGLE DOCS OR WORD ONLY. Do not submit pieces as a PDF or Dropbox link. For video/audio, please send a link to your piece(s) on DropBox or Google Drive. For art/photography, include links to your work on DropBox, your website, Instagram, etc. Fit images to a 1000 x 1000-pixel box and save to medium JPEG quality to keep the file sizes small.

Submission Deadline:  Thin Air Online submissions are free and open year-round. Thank you for submitting! DO NOT SUBMIT THE SAME MATERIAL TO THE WEBSITE AS YOU SUBMIT TO THE MAGAZINE. Again, read both guidelines carefully, as each accept different things. Web submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. A team of editors review submissions throughout the year, and we vow to do our best to respond in a timely fashion. Response rate times vary from 1-3 months, depending on the time of year and volume of submissions. We look forward to seeing your work!

Reminders: In addition to these guidelines, please read our General Submission Guidelines.  We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit material previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, online, or on personal websites (including FB, Twitter, Insta, Flickr, blogs, etc.).  Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but let us know immediately if a submission has been accepted elsewhere.

This is the newest issue of Thin Air Magazine released spring 2019!


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