We are not accepting new work at the moment, except for our Pandemic/Pendemonium Blog. 


To submit a short piece for the Pandemic Blog, please email BroadStreetMagazine@gmail.com. Paste your submission in the body of your email along with a very brief bio and a headshot.

Please look around our website to see the kinds of things we publish and the types of bios we run–usually no information about where someone lives or got a degree; the writing is the star. If you send a puffy, joky, wink-wink-at-me bio, we will know that you have not been reading the publication you hope to join. Or this informative post.

Really, whatever the area, you should read what you want to write.




Broad Street, an interdisciplinary magazine of true stories, seeks beautifully crafted narratives and artwork that present the truth in a way that’s new and special to readers. We feature big names and new names. We love to discover fresh talent that nourishes the soul of the masses.

Please read all relevant parts of this page before you use the Submit button below. We promise that it’s there–and that your work has a better chance of hitting big if you read this page (and some of our features) first.

Note that as of 2018, we have shifted our publication model to online only–and free to read. Each themed issue’s full content will be available online here and on Medium. Features pulled from past issues, and past  Online Exclusives, are presented for free on the website. This model is good for the environment and good for our contributors, who get their work quickly in front of eager eyes.

As with any literary market, it’s best to find out what we publish before you send us a submission. On our website you will find abundant examples of the prose, poetry, and artwork we’ve featured in print and as online exclusives. We are open to many modes and means of telling a true story, but your best chance of success comes with spending a few hours reading before you click “submit.”

* Our greatest need is for prose that transcends the ME-moir and incorporates cultural commentary, perhaps even some research.

Our truth telling takes many forms (though our definition of truth is absolute):  The ideal length for essays is between 900 and 4,500 words, though we’ve been known to go over or under for a great piece that really resonates.  Flash prose, prose poems, and poetry are also welcome, but the heart of the magazine is in the nonfiction essay with cultural relevance. We also feature photo essays, individual artworks, and interviews with movers and shakers in their fields. Please see further descriptions below–and explore the website for examples from our archives that show what we do best.

We are taking submissions through Submittable. The submission fee is $3.00, which helps offset Broad Street‘s costs for Submittable itself.

Nota bene:  Our current projected schedule may not be the same as what’s shown on sites such as Duotrope and Poets & Writers.  The website has the most current and accurate dates possible.


The Thematic Concept

Each issue runs through a new part of town, being loosely based on a theme that can be interpreted in several ways. Don’t be afraid to get creative in your approach to any theme; we appreciate the surprises that come from a fresh perspective. We will also assess the relevance of submissions to future themes but may not have determined the publication schedule for a particular future issue.

If you are submitting for a theme, identify it in the subject line and/or cover letter of your entry.  You don’t have to explain how your work fits that theme; we like to let our minds roam too.


Themes and Submission Deadlines for Upcoming Issues

You’ll help us schedule our reading and response time if you include the targeted theme in the title of your file.


Closed issues:
1.1 “Dangerous Territory,” published fall 2013.
1.2 “Hunt, Gather,” published fall 2014.
2.1 “Bedeviled,” published spring 2015.
2.2 “Maps & Legends,” published summer 2016.

3.1 “Small Things, Partial Cures,” forthcoming June 2018.

3.2, “Rivals and Players,” winter 2018. Do we play the game, or does the game play us?  Who or what has been the biggest obstacle in your path to the life you are meant to live?  What do you see when you spin Fortune’s wheel?  We’re interested in broken hearts, rakish behavior, jealousy, envy, greed, friendship, frenemies, monopolies … and just plain old down-home games, video or board or sport. Cultural commentary is particularly welcome. Toss a horseshoe our way and show us what you have.

4.1 “Birth, School, Work, Death,” summer 2019. The Seven Ages of Man have become the Four Ages of Humankind.  We’re born, we learn, we work, we die. Broad Street has conceived of a four-part magazine with several features exploring each phase of life.  Give us your origin stories, your schoolroom struggles, your cubicle frustrations, your tales of passing on.  Where has this road taken you?


Nota bene:  Our current projected schedule may not be the same as what’s shown on sites such as Duotrope and Poets & Writers.  The website has the most current and accurate dates possible.

Please note, also, that as of 2018, we have shifted our publication model from lengthy print runs to print-on-demand. Each themed issue’s full content will be available online for a nominal fee, with features pulled from the issue–and Online Exclusives–presented for free on the website.


The Fine Print

Forms of Truth-Telling
Craft and story can come in many forms: fact-based reflective reporting, expansive memoir, lapidary poetry, a stirring photo essay, or a single visual image. No academic studies or pomposity, please. All other approaches to telling true tales are welcomed, including the experimental.  We are particularly interested in cultural reflection; go ahead and write your “me-moir,” but please demonstrate that your personal experience has wider cultural significance.

Seeking the Unpublished
We prefer previously unpublished works, though we will consider a limited number of published pieces, primarily for republication on the website, where they will meet a broad audience.  Please explain in your cover letter where and when a piece appeared, whether online, in print, or in a gallery show.  It is most likely to reach print with us if it first appeared in another country or a radically different form and we can give it a new audience.  Appropriately credited work will find a niche on our website when it fits one of our themes.

Our Response Time
Broad Street’s staff is lean (but never mean), so please allow up to 180 days for a response, though we hope to be able to give most submissions an answer in half that time. We aim to avoid those year-long waiting periods common at other journals, but even we sometimes develop a backlog as each piece gets several readers. We are among the few, the brave, the dedicated, who read during summers.  If there is some reason you need information about your submission right away (e.g., a world event has made your essay or poem suddenly of great timely significance, or you’re dying to publish with us but some other magazine has expressed interest, you can email an editor).  Otherwise, please be patient and remember that some magazines make you wait years and don’t even send out notices that you’ve been rejected, so you’re in a state of perpetual suspense–not so nice.

Okay, again: You’ll help us schedule our reading and response time if you include the targeted theme in the title of your file.

Simultaneous Submissions?
Of course. We understand that it’s tough to wait for an answer from one magazine before submitting to another, so we do accept simultaneous submissions. We ask that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, you inform us immediately via Submittable (emailed notes to the editors create more work for us hunting down your submission) … We’ll congratulate you and take your entry off our roster.

What Rights We Claim
If we accept your piece, we acquire first-time North American serial rights, including electronic rights. Upon publication, rights revert to the author or artist, who may reproduce it in other forms (books, magazines, etc.). We ask that you acknowledge Broad Street as the work’s first place of publication.

If we run special “best of” issues in future, we may contact you for the right to reprint.  We might also feature small excerpts of your work on our website to promote the magazine; in some cases, we request the right to re-present your work in its entirety.  Remember that our online features are great publicity for your body of work.

As with most literary magazines, Broad Street is unable to offer payment other than contributor’s copies. If we run your piece in a themed print issue, we will send you two copies automatically, plus two free downloads of the print-on-demand version online.


Literary Artists: The Requirements Are …

We welcome your best work, ideally coming in under 5,000 words. If your piece really needs to exceed that length, we understand and are not entirely opposed, but be aware that space in print is limited.

Excerpts of larger works may be considered but must be presented so as to stand alone as individual pieces.


How to Prepare Your Manuscript for Submission

Please be sure your name appears on the first page of your submission (and on the first page of every poem, if you’re submitting more than one). Even better, put your name in the title of the file.

You’ll help us schedule our reading and response time if you include the targeted theme in the title of your file.

For prose, please double-space and use a legible 12-point font. We are eager to read both traditional creative nonfiction and experimental prose, so dare to use the approach that works for you—as long as it is truthful.  Ideal length is around 900 to 4,500 words, though we’ve been known to go under or over for a fantastic piece.  Please see our website or order a copy to see the range.

Researched essays should come with endnotes explaining where you found your facts. We try to avoid publishing footnotes, but we fact-check everything that comes through. We’re sticklers that way.

For examples, please order a copy of the magazine or at the very least, read carefully what we’ve re-published on our website: “Making Friends with Midge: Your best friend and Barbie’s.”

Memoir should transcend delight in the personal in order to offer a sense of the universal, including (perhaps) cultural reflection and parallel narratives.  Examples from our pages, now available online, include Paisley Rekdal’s “Lives of Strangers,” an exploration of marriage and murder in Salt Lake City (a Pushcart Special Mention), Ramsey Hootman’s “Chastity Belt Included,” and Patricia Smith’s “Holy War.”

Poetry may come in single-spaced, with one poem per page. Please do not send more than five poems at once, unless there is a strong artistic reason (a haiku cycle, an experimental series).  Remember that this is a nonfiction magazine, so send us truthful poems.  Poems about the mythology of gods and goddesses are not considered truthful unless the mythology is secondary to a real-life subject.  If you place a portion of your submission elsewhere before we get a chance to respond to you, please write us a note in the comments portion of your Submittable entry–try to avoid sending the news via email, as we are inundated every day with emails on topics sundry and trivial.

We’re always looking for good interview subjects—in-depth conversations with people who tell stories in interesting and perhaps unexpected ways.  See our interviews with literary megastar Jeanette Winterson and with Tony-winning costume designer Paloma Young (republished on the website).

One more time: You’ll help us schedule our reading and response time if you include the targeted theme in the title of your file.


Visual Artists: We Need You Too.

Visual art is a hugely important part of our print issue and our online presence.  We feature a photo essay or artist’s portfolio in every issue, and we put individual artworks in conversation with written pieces.  If you are submitting an image, please upload it with a title; use png, jpg, or gif formats and low resolution (100-300 dpi). We will request a higher resolution rendition if it is accepted. If you have trouble with the upload, please contact the editor. Your cover letter may explain the image or photo essay; you may also want to write an introduction for the piece.

We are very interested in collaborations between artists of word and image.



*Again:  If your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere, please revisit your Submittable entry and make a note of the fact.  Your time is valuable and so is ours.  We utterly hate falling in love with a piece only to find out it’s appeared somewhere else and/or that the creator may or may not have sent us an email that got lost in a mass of emails requiring urgent response.  These are the preferences of pretty much every magazine that uses Submittable, and they’re just plain good manners.

Thank you for visiting Broad Street and finding out more about us. We look forward to reading your work!


Featured image: Zoo 2011, drawing by Gunver Hasselbalch.

True stories, honestly.