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. 

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!

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Send us 3 to 5ish previously unpublished poems in a single document along with a brief cover letter.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

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

NOTE: from now (end of January) until mid-/end-of-March, I'd love to read some baseball specific "My First..."s for our annual baseball issue, every April! Your first mitt, pair of cleats, baseball card, Costacos Brothers poster, autograph... something we're not thinking of? Surprise us!

I was walking my dog today, listening to this Ringer podcast about the best movies of 1999, and Sean Fennessy said The Matrix was "the first DVD I ever owned." And it made me think about how I'm a sucker for these kinds of firsts: 

And it made me think that I'd love to read short essays (<1000 words? but I'm making this up as I go) about the first DVD you ever owned, your first CD/tape/record, TV, car, cell phone, computer...


What we want:

200-400 word album/artist reviews. If you aren't familiar with Jukebox Happy Hour, have a look: Hobart :: Jukebox Happy Hour.

These reviews work best when they're not the "traditional" book-report review. If you know a lot about music, that's cool; but if you don't, go with the story of how you found the music and what it means to you. Rolling Stone and Paste are doing a pretty good job of analyzing tunes: we aren't that. Tell us more about how this music relates to life: concrete things. Also, pair it with a drink. What goes down with these beats?

How we want it:

Format it with the pertinent information first: album title, artist, release date, label, length. Then the narrative. And finally, the drink.

—Micah Ling, Editor

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.

We're looking for comics!

You can see the type of stuff we've done here:

ALSO: We have been running serialized comics, "Sunday Comics," rotating through three different series. So, new installment of each every third week. "Those Bears" is, unfortunately, taking a hiatus until January. Interested in serializing a comic on Hobart? Pitch us something! Send some sample art, let's go from there!