It’s been six months since the last call for submissions ended from one of the world’s most notable magazines. Granta wants to hit the slush pile again.
With a rich history traceable back to 1989, Granta is renowned for publishing the best new writing. The magazine was founded at Cambridge University and named after the local river that runs through the town. Since its rebirth 37 years ago, it has published the world’s finest writers including Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, and a host of other heavyweights.
According to the magazine, “Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. As the Observer wrote of Granta: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.”
Submissions are currently ongoing and will end on April 1
- Granta will accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and will consider accepted work for both online and print publications.
- Only original work is acceptable. Works already published elsewhere online or in print will be discarded without notice. However, if you an original translation, they will publish you if the work has already appeared elsewhere but in another language.
- No maximum or minimum length, but the sweet spot is typically between 3,000 and 6,000 words.
- There is a £3 service fee (Click here to find out why) per submission. Submit on ONLY one category per submission window.
- All submissions must include a cover letter. If your submission has been published elsewhere (as in the case of translated works), state where it has been published.
- DO NOT submit reviews, book manuscripts or academic essays.
- Submit only work written in English
- Do well to read past editions of Granta to get an idea of what Granta likes.
- However, note that Granta’s editorial team are not in a position to comment on your work. They receive a significant number of submissions every day, many of which may be unsuitable for the magazine, albeit being well written.
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