There are slightly more detailed guidelines below, under their respective categories, but most boil down to the pretty self-explanatory titles of the categories (web poetry, web fiction, etc.) and "familiarize yourself with the journal, be awesome, etc." 

We ask for first publication rights, meaning not previously published, and after publication you're of course welcome to reprint your piece, collected in a book or an anthology or wherever, ideally crediting it as first published in Hobart. Simultaneous submissions are fine/encouraged.

We unfortunately do not pay. 

September 2020 Note: Some columns—Jukebox Happy Hour, My First..., Comics—are temporarily closed while we play catch-up.

Also, rather than here through Submittable, if you would like to submit a 'rejected Modern Love essay' or a 'fucked up Modern Love essay' for our new Sunday feature, please email Elizabeth Ellen ( thank you! (please note: Elizabeth will only be replying to acceptances.)

If you have any questions, feel free to email
Please note, however, that most correspondence regarding submissions (withdrawals, etc) should be done here, via our online submission manager.

The nitty gritty:

We, of course, recommend you be at least vaguely familiar with what we have published in the past. Once that is out of the way, there really isn't much more we can tell you. More instructions would really only clutter this page, wouldn't it? We want stories that are what we like to call "web-friendly" meaning, shorter than about 2,000 words or so though 1,000 or less is even better.

Submit only one story at time, not more than 2,000 words (but shorter than this has a better chance, to be honest). If you're submitting short shorts (around 400 words or less), you can submit up to three stories in a single file. Multiple submissions will be deleted unread.

—Evan Fleischer, Lauren Grabowski, & Kimberly Bliss, Web Editors

We want poetry from the margins, words that open new space without closing off recurring possibilities. There's no one type of poem that we prefer of the other, although we're often interested in poetry that doesn't necessarily know it's poetry. We are looking to be moved by the beauty in what is common.

Send us 3 to 5ish previously unpublished poems in a single document along with a brief cover letter.  

—Doug Paul Case, Dorothy Chan, & Emma Heldman, Web Poetry Editors


Guest Editor Alice Lowe is reading submissions all month. She's something of a Hobart CNF All Star, having been featured on the site four (!) times, first in 2011 (!):

As noted below, wordcount limit is a kinda flexible ~2500 words, but Alice is especially partial to, and looking for, flash nonfiction (<1000 words).

You know the deal: send her your good stuff, impress her, overwhelm him with how good of submissions Hobart gets. I'm excited to see what she takes!

Pretty much see: "WEB FICTION" but, you know, make it non.

Also note that we tend to like our nonfiction to be more about something and less "short memoir"-y pieces, if that makes any sense. If we think of a better way to explain that, we'll update this description.

Wordcount limit isn't super strict but is somewhere around 2500, with 500-2k being our real website sweet spot.

— Aaron Burch, Laura Gill, & Frances Dinger

Show Us Your Pictures! 

We're seeking submissions of photo portfolios for online publication. We aim to showcase work by both emerging and established photographers. Our aesthetic preferences range from documentary/fine art/street photography to surrealist work, but we are open to any genre so long as the pictures reflect the unique voices of their creators.

Submissions should include the following:

  • project title
  • 12-20 images on any theme from a single body of work
  • a 100-word project/work statement (written in the third person) 
  • a 50-word bio
  • a link to your website

Upload 72dpi JPEGs, sized a maximum of 1200 pixels on the longest side. Label the images: 01_LastNameFirstName.jpg. 

Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

-Tara Wray, Photography Editor

These are for the photos and artwork that accompany all fiction/nonfiction/poetry, etc. See the site for examples.

If you’re interested in having your work featured please send a few images for consideration. No more than 6, sized to 1200px on the longest side, 72dpi, sRGB, jpeg. Landscape format works best.

The uprisings and protests that have followed from the racist murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, amongst others, have filled streets across the world. It's brought statues tumbling down in Bristol in the UK as well as in Richmond, Virginia (with new policy proposals being made in the latter city as well.) It's seen the Minneapolis City Council vote to disband the Minneapolis Police Department in its present form. L.A. City Council is looking to move money from the police department and re-invest it in communities of color. People have donated en masse, made calls, and crashed e-mail servers with their petitions. 

But the story also centers on you. We want your dispatches from this time. We want to check in with y'all. In particular, we want to know (though please don't let this limit you):

1. Where are you in the world?
2. What have you seen?
3. What sort of conversations have you been having?
4. What do you want someone elsewhere to know about where you are?
5. Do you or anyone you know need anything in this moment? If so, what?

Black voices are particularly encouraged.

Also, we would be happy to publish these anonymously, if you would prefer.

Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $50 fee.