Granta is committed to championing new voices and is open to unsolicited submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. We consider all submissions for both print and online publication.
When we moved from a paper system to an electronic one, the number of submissions to Granta increased beyond control. We introduced a fee of £3/$4, equivalent to printing and postage, for prose submissions only. This helps us to pay our readers and our writers, and to ensure that all submissions are well-considered. We do not charge for poetry or art and photography submissions. You can claim the costs of submission to Granta against any new subscription to the magazine.
During every opening period, we offer 100 free submissions to authors on low incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read our guidelines for low-income entry below.
Please follow the instructions below if you wish to submit. We look forward to reading your work!
We will be open for non-fiction, fiction and poetry submissions during the following periods:
26 April until 26 May 2020
11 October until 11 November 2020
We are not currently open for art and photography submissions.
If you are waiting to hear back about a previous submission, please rest assured that we are still reading and you will receive a response as soon as possible.
Submissions can be made from 10 a.m. GMT on the opening day until midnight GMT on the closing day.
Please submit only one complete story or essay at a time. Multiple submissions will not be read. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art will be considered for both our print and online editions, unless you specifically state otherwise in your cover letter.
We only publish original material, i.e. first-ever publication. We cannot run a piece that has already appeared on the web or elsewhere in print. We can, however, publish an original translation if the work has previously appeared in another language. We have no set maximum length or minimum length, though most of our submissions are between 3,000-6,000 words.
Please include a cover letter stating where your work has been published before, if relevant. Please do not submit book manuscripts, academic essays or reviews. Please only submit work written in English. Please use double-spacing.
Please note that we are not in a position to comment on your work. We receive a significant number of submissions every day, many of which may be unsuitable for Granta, however well written.
We encourage to all who submit that they read recent issues of Granta to familiarise themselves with material the magazine has published. Subscriptions are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We aim to respond to all submissions within six months of receipt.
How can I check the status of my submission?
You can check the status of your submissions at any time by logging in and clicking on the status of your entry. If your status is ‘Received’, it has been received. If your status is ‘In-Progress’, your piece has been assigned to a member of our editorial staff.
I’m having trouble logging in to check the status of my piece.
Please contact Submittable directly if you have any trouble with the database.
I’ve revised my piece since I have submitted. Can you consider a newer version of a piece rather than the one I submitted?
If you would like us to consider a newer version of an already submitted piece, please log in, withdraw your piece and submit again as a new submission. Please do not contact us separately asking us to replace a submission. We will not receive this email.
I’ve sent you three poems. Some of them have been accepted elsewhere, or I want to withdraw some from consideration. How do I go about doing this?
If you want to withdraw any individual poems from consideration, please log in and add a note to your submission telling us which poems you wish to withdraw. We will see this when we read your submission and will only consider the remaining poem(s).
My piece has been accepted for a different publication. How do I notify you?
If your piece is accepted elsewhere, please log in and withdraw your submission from our database.
Can I submit my piece somewhere else even if it’s still ‘In-Progress’ in your system?
Yes. If your piece gets accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission by logging in, clicking on your entry and following the instructions. Please do not write to Granta asking to withdraw the piece. We will not receive this email.
Can I submit something that’s shorter or longer than the 3,000-6,000 word guideline?
Yes – pieces published in Granta are of variable length. But please refrain from submitting book manuscripts or novellas. It is unlikely that we will read more than 10,000 words of any submission.
How can I find out what the upcoming themes of the magazine will be so I may submit appropriate work?
We tend to shape our themes around the work we receive, rather than asking authors to write around our ideas. So please send us your best work – and if we like it we’ll be sure to find a place for it.
I cannot afford the entry fee. How may I submit to Granta?
We offer 100 free submissions during every opening period to authors on low incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please click through to this page for low-income entry guidelines. This page is accessible during the submissions windows above. Please only use this option if you would otherwise be completely unable submit to Granta.