We aim to publish art and words for the future by artists and writers who believe they're carrying, on their hunched-over-computer shoulders, a pretty heavy yet very pretty burden—to offer us all a way into ourselves so that we may come back out with the wisdom required for positive change as individuals, and as a society. For more info on what we’re about, view our basic tenets.


Become a contributor


Submit to one of our twice-yearly print (and online) volumes


We accept

  • Words: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction.....We publish short stories, poems, nonfiction, long(er) fiction, prose, Poes, other categories. Just submit. NO FULL-LENGTH NOVELS, but excerpts are fine. (We typically don't publish anything over 10,000 words.)

          Please don't send us queries.

  • Art: Yeah!

For more info on what we publish, browse our volumes, and/or email info@presspausepress.org.


18 & Under

We love publishing young artists! Every volume includes at least one writer or artist under 18. Dolly Parton, as Truvy, said in Steel Magnolias, “If you can achieve puberty, you can achieve a past.” We know y’all have plenty to say, so say it here. Any genre, any word count, anything goes, long as you’re under 18.

Please note: All contributors 18 and under will need to have a guardian sign a permission form. Let us know in your cover letter if you are under 18.


Publication Schedule

2021

  • Volume 5 -  November 2021 (Closed for submissions. Buy it now!)


2022

  • Volume 6 - March 2022 (Closed for submissions.)
  • Volume 7 - Fall 2022 (Rolling Submissions - Open)


Fine Print

  • Let us know in your cover letter if you are under 18.
  • We accept rolling submissions, which means our submissions don’t close and you can submit year-round for free. We’ll read as fast as we can, fill one issue, and then another and another and another. We try to respond within twelve weeks, so if you haven’t heard back from us in three months, feel free to query about the status of your submission.
  • You can submit in two categories at once, but please let us respond to those submissions before sending additional work. You can send up to ten poems at a time (in a single document), up to three flashes in the same prose submission, and/or one full-length prose per category.

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Submit to The Family Room

A badass room on our website full of features and departments:

  • Currently,: We read a lot of newspapers. We’ve tried to stop reading our own social media feeds. We’ve deleted some personal social media. We’ve watched a lot of talk shows and news reports about what’s going on in the world. We’re tired of secondhand accounts. We want yours—firsthand. Tell us what’s going on in the world, according to you.
  • The Great Pause: Rearview 2020: A coffee table book! In 2020, the year of our Lord, things got—weird. Some things are getting better. Some things are getting worse. Some things are standing still. In this department, we hear from writers and artists from around the globe talk about their experiences in quarantine/isolation/social distancing/civil unrest/revolution. All work featured here will be compiled into an (anti-fascist, humanist, fun, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, breath of fresh air) emergency coffee table edition out somewhere near the end of 2021. Submissions for the coffee table book are closed but you can still publish in The Great Pause online!
  • PauseCards: Address people places or things in the form of one of our online postcards designed in house! (I.e. Dear Australians, Dear Hulu, Dear White Person, Dear Firefly Fans, Dear Baby on the Airplane Sitting Across from Me). *Only PauseCards from POC will be accepted for the coffee table book. Others will be published online.
  • The Midnight Snack: You can’t fool us. Just like you couldn’t fool your mom in sixth grade, sneaking into the kitchen at two a.m., pilfering a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch from the pantry to eat in front of the TV while you watched the Sham Wow! infomercial for the third school night in a row. We aren’t going to ground you though, and we won’t tell your mom. Why? Because we’re right alongside you as fully grown adults eating cold grocery store fried chicken at midnight while we pretend not to cry watching Steven Universe on our second-hand couches. We’re The Midnight Snack, and we eat our feelings just like everyone else. So open your pantries, raid your fridges, empty that one pillowcase full of candy from your kid’s last Trick-or-Treat sesh, and send us all the food writing our nutrient-deficient digestive systems can handle. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Ingredient Lists, Recipes, Nutritional Information: we want it all. Just don’t use the microwave—you’ll wake up Dad. Got a pitch for The Midnight Snack? 
  • Press Play: You ever drink a lot of wine and sit around sobbing at nineties classic rom-coms or yell at old black-and-whites when a Cary Grant type calls an Ingrid Bergman type a silly lady? …No? Just us? We pile onto our fading floral-print seventies couch—you know the one; your grandma has one just like it—watch movies, and write our thoughts. Sometimes they’re reviews or commentaries; sometimes they’re braided personal narratives.  We’re watching everything from Get Out to 10 Things I Hate About You all the way back to A Philadelphia Story. What are you watching? 
  • Throwbacks: We get nostalgic. We love old things (like VCRs and scrunchies and tape decks and remember that weird yo-yo trend in the 90s?). Browse past hits & weird old ditties. Check out new translations of classic works, read from the public domain, relive your childhood dreams. Send us your fave throwbacks. 
  • Craft-Splaining: A space for recorded craft talks by contributors. What can our readership learn from you and how you approach your art and writing? This is your space for exploring your craft. Craft videos can be in the form of interviews, demonstrations, presentations, one-act plays, stop-motion animation ;), et cetera. Anything goes! If you don’t have video editing experience, no worries. Record your vision and we’ll do the rest! We'll also accept personal craft essays in this space.
  • Reading Corner: Tell us what you're reading or send us a book review! 
  • The Cauldron: Tell us an old story in a new way: Vladimir Propp theorized there were 31 basic storytelling elements in every Russian fairy tale. Leo Tolstoy said only two stories existed: a hero goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Whether the roots are in Hans Christian Anderson, Ovid, Homer, or Greek myths, we want all your retellings. Choose a favorite villain and tell their side of the story. Reinterpret scenes from religious texts or write an ancient tale in a modern setting. Give new meaning to an old story. Think Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles. Think Anna Maria Hong’s H&G, Gregory Maguire’s The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Malinda Lo’s Ash, or Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings. Rewind. Press pause. Revise. Rewrite. “There is no such thing as a new idea. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.”
    —Mark Twain


Pitch us something for the Family Room

Want to set up shop in The Family Room? To pitch a column, feature, or department to The Family Room, or for more info, fill out our pitch form. We’re open to any and all ideas you have.


Fine Print

  • There is no publishing schedule for The Family Room. We publish online whenever we see things that are great in our Family Room submissions.


***Having little money, we pay Submittable for a basic monthly plan, which has limits on submission numbers for each form. If you do not see a free form, please wait until the 8th of the next month to submit, or email submissions to info@presspausepress.org or se.harsha@presspausepress.org. You can always donate to submit using the Open Guitar Case (Donations) form.

Submit to The Family Room

A badass room on our website full of features and departments:

  • Currently,: We read a lot of newspapers. We’ve tried to stop reading our own social media feeds. We’ve deleted some personal social media. We’ve watched a lot of talk shows and news reports about what’s going on in the world. We’re tired of secondhand accounts. We want yours—firsthand. Tell us what’s going on in the world, according to you.
  • PauseCards: Address people places or things in the form of one of our online postcards designed in house! (I.e. Dear Australians, Dear Hulu, Dear White Person, Dear Firefly Fans, Dear Baby on the Airplane Sitting Across from Me). 
  • The Great Pause: Rearview 2020: A coffee table book! In 2020, the year of our Lord, things got—weird. Some things are getting better. Some things are getting worse. Some things are standing still. In this department, we hear from writers and artists from around the globe talk about their experiences in quarantine/isolation/social distancing/civil unrest/revolution. All work featured here will be compiled into an (anti-fascist, humanist, fun, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, breath of fresh air) emergency coffee table edition out somewhere near the end of 2021. Submissions for the coffee table book are closed but you can still publish in The Great Pause online!
  • The Midnight Snack: You can’t fool us. Just like you couldn’t fool your mom in sixth grade, sneaking into the kitchen at two a.m., pilfering a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch from the pantry to eat in front of the TV while you watched the Sham Wow! infomercial for the third school night in a row. We aren’t going to ground you though, and we won’t tell your mom. Why? Because we’re right alongside you as fully grown adults eating cold grocery store fried chicken at midnight while we pretend not to cry watching Steven Universe on our second-hand couches. We’re The Midnight Snack, and we eat our feelings just like everyone else. So open your pantries, raid your fridges, empty that one pillowcase full of candy from your kid’s last Trick-or-Treat sesh, and send us all the food writing our nutrient-deficient digestive systems can handle. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Ingredient Lists, Recipes, Nutritional Information: we want it all. Just don’t use the microwave—you’ll wake up Dad. Got a pitch for The Midnight Snack? 
  • Press Play: You ever drink a lot of wine and sit around sobbing at nineties classic rom-coms or yell at old black-and-whites when a Cary Grant type calls an Ingrid Bergman type a silly lady? …No? Just us? We pile onto our fading floral-print seventies couch—you know the one; your grandma has one just like it—watch movies, and write our thoughts. Sometimes they’re reviews or commentaries; sometimes they’re braided personal narratives.  We’re watching everything from Get Out to 10 Things I Hate About You all the way back to A Philadelphia Story. What are you watching? 
  • Throwbacks: We get nostalgic. We love old things (like VCRs and scrunchies and tape decks and remember that weird yo-yo trend in the 90s?). Browse past hits & weird old ditties. Check out new translations of classic works, read from the public domain, relive your childhood dreams. Send us your fave throwbacks. 
  • Craft-Splaining: A space for recorded craft talks by contributors. What can our readership learn from you and how you approach your art and writing? This is your space for exploring your craft. Craft videos can be in the form of interviews, demonstrations, presentations, one-act plays, stop-motion animation ;), et cetera. Anything goes! If you don’t have video editing experience, no worries. Record your vision and we’ll do the rest! We'll also accept personal craft essays in this space.
  • Reading Corner: Tell us what you're reading or send us a book review!  


Want to set up shop in The Family Room? To pitch a column, feature, or department to The Family Room, fill out our pitch form. For more info, email info@presspausepress.org.

Submit up to five poems (in one document!) for consideration. Please submit poems single-spaced in standard Times New Roman, Garamond, or something similar.

Please no "fun" fonts.


Press Pause Press publishes all kinds of original art and music, including artistic or musical reactions to any work from our volumes.

In your submission, attach a jpg, pdf, tiff, or mp3

Please try to stay away from attaching pictures of your art.

If you'd like to be considered for our cover art (back and front cover), please indicate this in your cover letter. Thank you!

 Press Pause Press publishes essays of all kinds, but we tend to lean more towards memoir and personal style essays. Please note that we do not publish academic or research essays at this time.

In your submission, attach a word doc, docx, or pdf. Please stay away from weird, hard to read fonts—we're big fans of plain ole Times New Roman and Garamond. Don't fret about length, but know that we don't typically publish over 20 pages.

Press Pause Press publishes short stories, flash, and novel/novella excerpts. We do not publish full-length works at this time.

In your submission, attach a word doc, docx, or pdf. Please stay away from weird, hard to read fonts—we're big fans of plain ole Times New Roman and Garamond. Don't fret about length, but know that we don't typically publish over 20 pages.

Thank you for your donation!

Press Pause Press publishes short stories, flash, and novel/novella excerpts, poetry, art, and most types of essay. 

In your submission, attach a word doc, docx, or pdf. Please stay away from weird, hard to read fonts—we're big fans of plain ole Times New Roman and Garamond. Don't fret about length, but know that we don't typically publish over 20 pages.