Submission Guidelines

Please note that the submission guidelines for Multiplicity Blog and Multiplicity Magazine are different. When you submit, please read and follow the guidelines appropriate for your submission.


Submitting to Multiplicity Commons: Readers and Writers Respond to Black Lives Matter

Have you participated in a protest? Joined in Black Lives Matter initiatives in your community or workplace? Read a book or witnessed an interaction that changed your life (or your mind) about racism in our society? Found yourself thinking in new ways about the intersection of race and justice?  

Submissions are now open for “Multiplicity Commons: Readers and Writers Respond to Black Lives Matter.” This special new section of Multiplicity Magazine, it will feature 100-word reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement, from protesters on the front lines to supporters working from home. How has BLM affected you, your family, your friends, your community? We want to hear about it. 

We invite you to share your true stories and reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement with us in 100 words or fewer. 

Submissions for “Multiplicity Commons: Readers and Writers Respond to Black Lives Matter will be open from September 25 through October 30. There is no fee to submit. Click here to submit your work to Multiplicity Commons. 


Submitting to Multiplicity Literary Magazine

Call for Stories for Our Fall Issue: At Work

Do you work to live or live for work? Is your work a job, a calling, an imperative? Is your work paid or unpaid, at home or away from home?For the fall 2020 issue of Multiplicity, we’re seeking personal essays, reported pieces, profiles, poems, and photography about work, wherever you (and others) do it and whatever it is. 

We welcome stories about weird jobs and first jobs, quitting work or getting laid off, not being able to work or looking for work, volunteering and caregiving. Stories about work you love and work you loathe. Stories about work that changed your life. Stories that highlight the important work that others do, or the work they can’t do any longer, or the work they wish they didn’t have to do.

We especially welcome stories that explore the relationship between work and social justice, stories that live at the intersection of work and class, work and race, work and gender, work and immigration status. Go deep, write wide. Engage us with your work.

Submissions for the fall issue of Multiplicity Literary Magazine are open between May 1 and September 25.

Multiplicity Literary Magazine publishes two issues annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. We consider submissions of short-form creative nonfiction (500-1,500 words), long-form creative nonfiction (1,500-5,000 words), poetry, flash nonfiction (up to 500 words) from established and emerging writers. We also accept original photography that relates to our issue theme.  We read submissions for each issue on the schedule given below.

Please see our About Multiplicity Magazine page for more details about the type of work we seek to publish.

We will not knowingly publish submissions that are slanderous, libelous, racist, sexist, ageist, or otherwise intentionally discriminatory or offensive. All works must be original and must not be subject to copyright restrictions. For each issue, the journal publishes one submission per selected author/artist. Once our final review is complete, our Editorial Board will notify each submitter of the status of their work.

Multiplicity Literary Magazine submissions must be sent in digital format via Submittable. Text submissions should be sent in a file format that can readily be edited on a computer (Microsoft Word is preferred).

Our literary magazine submission process is blind. Please do not include your name or other personally identifying information on any of the pages of your submission or in the file name. Do include a cover letter providing complete, accurate contact information for you.

Nonfiction submissions should be in Times New Roman or a similar serif font, 12 pt, with one-inch margins all around. Please paginate and include the title of the work on each page. All work should be carefully proofread before it is submitted.

Poetry submissions may include up to five poems per issue; stanzas should be single spaced and there should be no more than one poem per page. We welcome poetry in languages other than English if an English version/translation is also provided.

Photographs should be original, royalty-free, and thematically relevant to Multiplicity’s mission and preferred topics. They should be submitted in a format that can be displayed on a Web page and opened in Photoshop. JPG and PNG are preferred. Submitted images should not include vectors or layers.

See our Usage Rights page for information about the rights we request upon publication.

Submissions are reviewed by our Editorial Board. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for accuracy and consistency. Each submission is edited according to the spelling, grammar, and punctuation conventions of American English; we follow the conventions detailed in the Chicago Manual of Style. 

In its editing, Multiplicity Magazine strives to preserve each submitter’s unique voice and artistic intent over absolute grammatical or idiomatic correctness. A style sheet  is available upon request.

Click the button below to submit your work to Multiplicity Magazine.

Submission Deadlines:

  • Reading Period for Fall 2020 Issue:  May 1-September 25, 2020  |  Anticipated publication November 2020
  • Reading Period for Spring 2021 Issue:  September 1-November 30, 2020  |  Anticipated publication March 2021

Rights page for information about the rights we request upon publication.


Submitting to Multiplicity Blog

Multiplicity Blog accepts submissions throughout the yearOur blog publishes two original nonfiction posts per week, one each Tuesday and Thursday.

Our blog does not have a set theme, but we prefer submissions that fit the topics and mission described on our About Multiplicity Magazine page. The blog concentrates on new work; it does not accept works that have previously been published elsewhere (including on social media).

On the blog, we typically publish posts that are between 300 and 500 words, but we will consider submissions that are as short as a single sentence or as long as 1,000 words.

Blog submissions may include nonfiction prose, poetry (one poem per post). We also accept original photography, either as a post unto itself or with accompanying explanatory text or captions (up to three photos per post).

To be considered for publication, posts must meet our guidelines. Please read the About Multiplicity Magazine page for more information about our preferred topics.

Our blog welcomes a wide array of short nonfiction including:

  • flash essay (any topic that fits with our mission statement)
  • memoir (“snapshot” life stories)
  • perspectives on the craft of writing and the journey to publication 
  • opinion pieces on current events and issues in the literary world
  • book and music reviews
  • travel pieces
  • food writing
  • science & nature writing
  • spiritual writing
  • health & wellness writing
  • poetry
  • humor pieces

Photographs should be original, royalty-free, and thematically relevant to Multiplicity’s mission and preferred topics.

All submissions to the Multiplicity Blog must be original works produced by the person who submits them. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Multiplicity Blog submissions must be sent in digital format via our online submission form. Microsoft Word is preferred for blog submissions. The text submitted should be in Times New Roman or a similar serif font, 12 pt, with one-inch margins. Please include your name and the title of the work with your blog submission. All work should be carefully proofread before it is submitted.

Photographs should be submitted in a format and resolution that can be displayed on a Web page and opened in Photoshop. JPG and PNG, 150ppi are preferred. Submitted images should not include vectors, layers, or animations. We do not accept videos, illustrations, or other visual art forms.

See our Usage Rights page for information about the rights we request upon publication.

Click the button below to submit your work to Multiplicity Blog.