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 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.

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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.


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. Monkey Business International is edited by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters. For more information, please visit their website.


Brigid Hughes

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Deborah Pease (1943-2014)

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Megan Cummins

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Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

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Brett Fletcher Lauer

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

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A. N. Devers

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Elizabeth Gaffney

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Anne McPeak

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