Submission Guidelines:

We accept submissions between August 15th and April 5th.

All submissions should include a brief cover letter that includes contact information (name, address, phone number, email) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for our response. We do not read submissions outside the deadlines. Manuscripts or other materials will be recycled. We do not return manuscripts.

All submissions must be previously unpublished.  The Pinch purchases first North American serial rights upon acceptance; after publication, rights revert back to the author. Payment for publication is two copies of The Pinch issue in which the work appears. We accept simultaneous submissions.

Send only original work. If your work quotes or borrows from other work, that source should receive credit. If we suspect work to be plagiarized, we will assume good faith, but we’ll still investigate and contact the appropriate authorities.

You can submit either ONLINE or BY MAIL!

1. ONLINE:

Submit to The Pinch Journal
Please select the genre for which you are submitting for and then pay the $3 reading fee. Subscribers can submit for free through the “Subscriber’s Submission” category. People expressly solicited by a member of The Pinch staff can also submit for free through the “Solicited Submission” category.  We do NOT accept submissions via email.

Fiction:
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words.

Creative Nonfiction:
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words.

Flash Fiction or Creative Nonfiction:
Up to three flash pieces can be packaged as one submission. Apart from that, the same guidelines apply as for regular submissions in those respective genres.

Poetry:
A maximum of 5 poems may be submitted. Poems must be typed.

Art & Photography:
In order to expedite the submission process, we request that art & photography are submitted electronically. Attach each image as a .jpg, .gif, or .png. Each image should not exceed 72 dpi. If accepted, we will request 300 dpi tiff files.

2. BY MAIL:

Mail all submissions to the appropriate editor at:
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176

Fiction:
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words. We do not accept email manuscripts.  Address to FICTION EDITOR.

Creative Nonfiction:
Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words. We do not accept email manuscripts.  Address to CREATIVE NONFICTION EDITOR.

Flash Fiction or Creative Nonfiction:
Up to three flash pieces can be packaged as one submission. Apart from that, the same guidelines apply as for regular submissions in those respective genres. Please address submissions to their appropriate genre editor.

Poetry:
A maximum of 5 poems may be submitted.  Poems should be typed.  We do not accept poems by email.  Address to POETRY EDITOR.

Art & Photography:
In order to expedite the submission process, we request that art & photography are submitted electronically here.
Each image should not exceed 72 dpi.
If accepted, we will request 300 dpi tiff files.

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