A Public Space


A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. It was founded in 2006.


A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 858-8067
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A Public Space offers internships throughout the year. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the magazine, including submissions, fact-checking, proofreading, events, social media, and other projects. They are unpaid positions and require a two-day commitment on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday schedule. Please submit applications through Submittable. Address any questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include internships in the subject line.


We accept unsolicited submissions from September 15–April 15, and recommend reading an issue or two before you submit your work—subscribe today or explore the online archive. The best way to submit is through Submittable: it’s easy to use, saves time and paper and postage, and enables you to keep track of your submission. Submissions can also be mailed to our Brooklyn address and must include an SASE.

We only accept one submission per person at a time. There are no word or poem limits. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask that you please withdraw your work from consideration if it has been accepted elsewhere. Novel excerpts and novellas are always welcome. We accept translations, and it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before submitting.

If you have a pending submission, please be patient. We read every submission and respond as quickly as we can. If you have any questions along the way, please e-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A Public Space Books


We’re excited to be collaborating with Graywolf Press, one of the leading literary publishers in the country, on A Public Space Books. Our first title, Dorthe Nors’s story collection Karate Chop, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, publishes in February 2014.

Monkey Business International


A Public Space is the publisher and partner of Monkey Business International, the in-translation offspring of the Tokyo-based magazine Monkey Business, which was founded in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters, who curated a portfolio of Japanese literature in the debut issue of A Public Space. Monkey Business International showcases the best of contemporary Japanese literature, and is generously supported by the Nippon Foundation.


Brigid Hughes

Founding Benefactor
Deborah Pease (1943-2014)

Managing Editor
Megan Cummins

Associate Editor
Laura Preston

Assistant Editor
Melissa Ragsly

Poetry Editor
Brett Fletcher Lauer

Contributing Editors
Yiyun Li, Annie Coggan, Martha Cooley, Edwin Frank, Mark Hage, John Haskell, Aviya Kushner, Fiona Maazel, Ayana Mathis, Robert Sullivan, Antoine Wilson

International Contributing Editor
A.N. Devers

Editor At Large
Elizabeth Gaffney

Carol Hayes

Copy Editor
Anne McPeak

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, Zoë Bodzas, Lacey N. Dunham, Sarah Edwards, Sidik Fofana, Nick Fuller Googins, Katya Kazbek, Aarti Monteiro, Addison Namnoum, Johnny Stacewicz, Alex Tilney

Valentina ConchaToro, Tom Cusano, Nick Hamburger, Natalie Mesnard, Johnny Stacewicz, Zachariah Webb


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A Public Space is made possible in part by the support of the following organizations:

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