A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and A Public Space Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines. Subscribe today, and join the conversation.

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A Public Space welcomes submissions of fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work. The next submission period will be January 1, 2022 – January 31, 2022. Submission may be mailed to the PO Box above or submitted online through our Submittable page, where guidelines are also available. We are not currently accepting submissions for A Public Space Books. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on submission periods.

A Public Space Fellowships

A Public Space offers three writing fellowships annually to fiction and nonfiction writers who have not yet published a book-length work. Fellows are selected through an open application. You can read about the 2021 Writing Fellows here. Applications for the 2022 fellowships will be accepted March 1 - March 31, 2022, and you can find guidelines here.

A Public Space offers an editorial fellowship annually to aspiring editors. Fellows are selected through an open application each winter. More information about the editorial fellowship program is available here. Details about applying for the 2023 fellowship will be announced in the fall here.

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A Public Space accepts applications for summer internships. To be considered for a summer internship, please apply by March 15. 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.


From 2011–2017, A Public Space served 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. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters, Monkey Business International relaunched under a new name, MONKEY New Writing from Japan, in 2020. For more information, please visit their website.


Brigid Hughes

Founding Benefactor
Deborah Pease (1943-2014)

Managing Editor
Megan Cummins

Poetry Editor
Brett Fletcher Lauer

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

International Contributing Editors
A. N. Devers (England)
Dorthe Nors (Denmark)
Natasha Randall (England)
Motoyuki Shibata (Japan)

Associate Editors
Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Sidik Fofana
Taylor Michael
Laura Preston

Editor At Large
Elizabeth Gaffney

Copy Editor
Anne McPeak

Editorial Fellow
Ruby Wang

Joshua Craig
Madeline Crawford
Julia Ring
Alex Yeranossian

Claire Margot Dauge-Roth

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