A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an award-winning literary and arts magazine and APS Books. Since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines.

An expansive, ambitious, and elegant literary journal. It is rare to find a publication that so wonderfully balances design and content; the magazine looks striking, and the work inside is rich and surprising. Many journals are hermetic and parochial, but A Public Space regularly runs stories and essays from other countries and traditions that feel perfectly at home in A Public Space’s capacious enterprise.
PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing

One of the most audacious and engaging literary magazines.
2016 CLMP Award for best literary magazine of the year

Having a venue where you can play your own instrument is better than having wings. It should not be taken for granted… [A Public Space] provides a generous space for writers and artists, allowing them to express themselves according to their own heterogeneous sensitivities.
Amy Leach


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A Public Space Fellowships

A Public Space offers three fellowships annually to fiction and nonfiction writers who have not yet published a book-length work. Fellows are selected through an open application each fall. More information about the fellowship program is available here.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

A Public Space accepts applications for reader and intern positions throughout the year. The internship program provides practical experience in critical reading, research, copyediting, and fact-checking; marketing and publicity, including social media and events; and an overview of an independent nonprofit literary organization as well as an introduction to the publishing community. Applications can be found on our Submittable page.



A Public Space has partnered with Graywolf Press to publish books by contributors to the magazine, including: Karate Chop (2015), So Much for That Winter (2016), and Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (2018) by Dorthe Nors; Cities I’ve Never Lived In (2016) by Sara Majka; The Complete Ballet (2017) by John Haskell; and A Lucky Man (2018) by Jamel Brinkley.


A Public Space serves as the co-publisher of Monkey Business International, an annual anthology showcasing the best of contemporary Japanese literature that developed out of a portfolio in the debut issue of A Public Space. Monkey Business International is edited by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters, and made possible by the generous support of the Nippon Foundation.


Brigid Hughes

Founding Benefactor
Deborah Pease (1943-2014)

Managing Editor
Megan Cummins

Associate Editors
Laura Preston
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
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

Harriet Sleigh

Copy Editor
Anne McPeak

Philip Anderson, Rebecca Chekouras, Sidik Fofana, Joseph Holt, Tom Kozlowski, Heather Wells Peterson, Caroline Wray

Luciana Arbus-Scandiffio, Benjamin Selesnick


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