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.
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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 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.
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