The Pinch has at least one genre open for submissions year-round. Our publication schedule dictates when we close genres. 

We always accept orders for issues of the print magazine and merchandise. Please visit to read PJO, our sister publication. You'll get an idea of what we publish and more information about submitting.

The Pinch is a literary journal run by the faculty and students in the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis. We champion emerging writers and you'll find that 90 percent of what we publish comes from unsolicited submissions. 

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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.