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Submission Guidelines

Submissions to Common House are currently closed. We will begin accepting submissions to issue 4 in the fall. In the meantime, feel free to review our guidelines:

  • We accept electronic submissions only. During open submission periods, you will be able to access our submission form from this page.

  • Please submit your piece(s) as a:

    • Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) for written work

    • PNG file for art and photography

    • MP3 file for audio

    • MP4 file for video

  • Name your document LastName_Title, and include all pieces of the same genre in a single document.

  • Please submit:

    • One work of prose up to 4000 words or 2–3 flash pieces up to 1000 words each

    • Up to 5 poems

    • Up to 5 works of art or photographs

    • Audio and video submissions of up to 5 minutes

  • We will consider excerpts from longer work, but we are unlikely to accept an excerpt that doesn’t work well on its own.

  • We are interested in original, previously unpublished pieces. Published pieces include those posted on personal blogs or social media.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us by email ( if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

  • We accept work from everyone, anywhere in the world.

  • Our response time is 1–3 months. Feel free to inquire by email about the status of your submission after 3 months have passed.

  • If your work does not fit into one of our five main genres—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and multimedia work—please just choose the genre you feel fits best, and, if you’d like, add an explanation in the “additional information” section at the end of the form (though this is not required).

  • Unfortunately, we are currently unable to pay contributors; Common House is an entirely volunteer-run operation, and the limited funding we receive goes to maintaining the site.

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