Welcome to the Online Submission Manager for The Pinch!

We accept submissions all year round. We strive to respond quickly to all submissions but due to our production schedule and the university’s winter break, responses to manuscripts submitted from late November through December are often delayed.

  To learn more about The Pinch, visit us at www.pinchjournal.com, or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pinchjournal

*Please note:

Regular submissions are eligible for either journal or website publication. 

Online submissions are only eligible for website publication.

$3.00

At its best, the written word suspends the reality of the reader in favor of the reality on the page. This is accomplished to varying degrees through all forms of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and everything in-between but the process of building an entirely different world for the reader to explore holds a special power. Genres like fairy tales, magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi, ghost stories, and more have enraptured the minds of readers for generations. 

 

The Pinch has always been focused on the crossroads of the literary and the other, owing to the strangeness of the city we call home. Pieces like Boy Ghosts and Lycanthrope that we published online or “Modern Girls Guide to Surviving the Clone Wars” and “Arrythmia” in issue 42.1 are raved about in our meetings because of the way they can bring the unnatural to the human experience. In issue 43.2 we are dedicating a section to the theme of worldbuilding and are calling on you to help us make it special. 

 

There are likely as many ways to go about worldbuilding as there are people in our world, and we want to read yours. Our dream for this section is to publish a wide variety of stories that fit into the broader category of worldbuilding, wherever that world may be. Whether it be a short story in a high fantasy world, a poem on a colony ship to Alpha Centauri, or an essay on our own planet using themes from ghost stories and fairy tales — the Worlds Beyond section in issue 43.2 of The Pinch is open to any and all worldbuilders. 


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Submission Guidelines:

Prose (Fiction/Nonfiction) Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced.  Please use 1″ margins and include page numbers.  Manuscripts should be no more than 5,000 words.

Poetry A maximum of three poems may be submitted. Poems must be typed.

$20.00

The Pinch Literary Awards in Fiction 2023

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation

 

Fiction First Prize: $2,000.00. Judged by Dionne Irving. 

Dionne Irving hails from Toronto, Ontario, and is the author of Quint (7.13 Books, 2021) and The Islands (Catapult, 2022). Her work has appeared in journals and magazines such as The Rumpus, LitHub, The Missouri Review, New Delta Review, and many others. Dionne currently teaches at the University of Notre Dame in the Creative Writing Program and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

 

PUBLICATION:

All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.

 

CONTEST RULES:

Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts can be a maximum of 5000 words. You may submit entries online via the link below. Emailed entries will not be considered.

 

INELIGIBLE:

No translations will be considered.

Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible.

 

ENCLOSE THE FOLLOWING WITH EACH ENTRY:

1. $20 submission fee for each entry.

2. The following information entered into the cover letter box: name, address, phone number, and email address. The AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT itself. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be DISCARDED UNREAD. Please notify us if your address or email changes.

3. Please do not title your entry "Contest," "Pinch Contest," "Entry," or anything similar. It makes it hard to find the piece that we loved and want to send up as a finalist. Please title your entry as the title of your work.

Also, please share with us in your cover letter how you learned about the Pinch Literary Awards.

 

For more details, please visit our website at pinchjournal.co

$20.00

The Pinch Literary Awards in Poetry 2023

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation

 

Poetry First Prize: $2,000.00. Judged by Anthony Moll

Anthony Moll is the author of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize winning collection, You Cannot Save Here (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2022), and the memoir, Out of Step, which earned them the 2019 Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Nonfiction. Their work has also appeared in Voicemail Poems, Hobart, Poet Lore, and The Baltimore Sun, among others. Anthony, who holds an MFA in creative writing & publishing arts and is completing a PhD in English, currently serves as an assistant professor of English at a Maryland community college.

 

PUBLICATION:

All entries are considered for publication. First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each category. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any prize winners will be ineligible for contest participation for three years.


CONTEST RULES:

Only unpublished work will be considered. Entries must range from 1-3 poems.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. You may submit entries online via the link below or via mail. Emailed entries will not be considered.

 

INELIGIBLE:

No translations will be considered.

Current students and faculty of The University of Memphis, as well as volunteer staff members for The Pinch, are not eligible.

 

ENCLOSE THE FOLLOWING WITH EACH ENTRY: 

1. $20 submission fee for each entry.

2. The following information entered into the cover letter box: name, address, phone number, and email address. The AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT itself. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be DISCARDED UNREAD. Please notify us if your address or email changes.

3. Please do not title your entries "Poems," "Contest Entry," "Poems for Pinch Contest," or "Pinch Contest". This makes it really hard to go back and find the poem that we absolutely loved and want to sent off as a finalist! Title the entry with either the title of your first poem entry or as all three titles of your poems separated by commas.

Also, please share with us in your cover letter how you learned about the Pinch Literary Awards.

 

For more details, please visit our website at pinchjournal.com

$10.00

2023 Page Prize in Nonfiction

EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 8, 2022, 11:59 pm.

The Pinch Journal is accepting nonfiction entries of up to 1,000 words for its annual Page Prize. Judged by Megan Baxter

Megan Baxter is the author of Farm Girl: A Memoir (Green Writers Press, 2021), The Coolest Monster (Terrene, 2017), and the winner of the 2019 Pushcart prize. Her work has been published in The Best American Essays, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Florida Review, and others. Megan, who earned her MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts, currently resides in New Hampshire where she runs her own organic farm and mentors young writers with innovative pedagogy.


PUBLICATION:

All entries are considered for publication. The first place winners will be published in the Spring issue following announcement. Second and third place winners will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. Due to the high volume of submissions, any first-place prize winners are ineligible for contest participation for the three years following their win.


CONTEST RULES:

All Page Prize entries may not exceed 1,000 words, but can be less. Brevity is key. Any submission over this word limit will be automatically disqualified. Only unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but notify us if work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be issued. Manuscripts will not be returned. You may submit entries online via the link below. Emailed entries will not be considered. 


INELIGIBLE:

No translations will be considered.

Current students, and faculty of The University of Memphis are not eligible. Alumni of the University of Memphis are eligible once they've been out of school or graduated for more than five years.

All current staff and volunteer readers of The Pinch are ineligible. Staff members and volunteers who have not been part of the journal for at least five years are eligible.

Any entry over 1,000 words or that violates the blind reading policy will be ineligible.


ENCLOSE THE FOLLOWING WITH EACH ENTRY:

1. Entry Fee: $10

2. The following information entered into the cover letter box: name, address, phone number, and email address. The AUTHOR'S CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPT itself or in the TITLE. Entries that do not adhere to this policy will be DISCARDED UNREAD. Please notify us if your address or email changes.

3. Please do not title your entry "Contest", "Pinch Contest", "CNF Essay," or anything similar to these. Please title your entry as the title of your essay. 

Also, please share with us in your cover letter how you learned about the Pinch Literary Awards.


For more details, please visit our website at pinchjournal.com

$3.00
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Submit stories for consideration for our journal's next issue.
 

Manuscripts should be double-spaced. Please use 1" margins and include page numbers. Maximum length is about 5000 words.


All Fiction submissions are considered for both print and online publication.


*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

$3.00
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Submit poems for consideration to the journal's next issue.

A maximum of three poems may be submitted.


All Poetry submissions are considered for both print and online publication.  
 

*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.  

$3.00
$3.00

Submit essays for consideration for our journal's next issue.

 Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Please use 1" margins and include page numbers. Manuscripts should be no more than about 5,000 words.


 All Nonfiction submissions are considered for both print and online publication.  


 *Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule. 

$2.50

Please submit Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays for our journal's next issue.


Manuscripts may contain up to 3 pieces of Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays with a maximum  500 words or less in one document.  Flash Fiction or Nonfiction Essays should be typed and double-spaced. Please use 1 inch margins and include page numbers. 


*Submissions should specify whether the piece is Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays. 


All Flash Fiction and Short Nonfiction Essay submissions are considered for both print and online publication.  


*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.  

$2.00
  • Up to 2 poems of no more than 100 lines each.
  • Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced and 750 words or less. Please use 1" margins and include page numbers.
  • If submitting prose, please let us know if the manuscript is fiction or nonfiction.
  • Online  submissions are only considered for online publication.


*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

The Pinch is excited to offer FREE art submissions for our upcoming journal. To expedite the submission process, please submit art & photography electronically. Attach each image as a tiff. Each image should not exceed 72 dpi. If accepted, we will request 300 dpi tiff files.

Submit stories for consideration for our journal's next issue.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced. Please use 1" margins and include page numbers. Maximum length is about 5000 words.

All Fiction submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

Submit poems for consideration to the journal's next issue.   A maximum of three poems may be submitted.

All Poetry submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

Submit nonfiction for consideration for our journal's next issue.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced. Please use 1" margins and include page numbers. Maximum length is about 5000 words.
All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.
*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

Please submit Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays for our journal's next issue.

Manuscripts may contain up to 3 pieces of Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays with a maximum  500 words or less in one document.  Flash Fiction or Nonfiction Essays should be typed and double-spaced. Please use 1 inch margins and include page numbers.

*Submissions should specify whether the piece is Flash Fiction or Short Nonfiction Essays.

All Flash Fiction and Short Nonfiction Essay submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

*Responses to submissions sent between May and August and from late November through January will take longer due to our academic schedule.

$15.00

 Issue 42.2, Fall 2022, available now!

Issue 43.1, Spring 2023, coming in April 2023!


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