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A Public Space


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


A Public Space
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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 October 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 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

Assistant Editor
Zachariah Webb

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 Editors
Anne McPeak
Kari Larsen
Melanie Parker

Philip Anderson, Lacey N. Dunham, Sidik Fofana, Tom Kozlowski, Aarti Monteiro, Addison Namnoum, Jake Slovis, Caroline Wray

Jesse Shuman


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

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