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. 

In the last five years, work featured in the Pinch has been selected for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology three times. In the nearly 50 years we've been publishing, work from our journal has appeared in Best American Nonrequired and Best American Essays.

Several times per year we offer equity submissions free of charge. Please check back for those opportunities. 

We strive to respond quickly, however due to the academic calendar we take longer to respond to submissions sent to us during the months of May, June, July, November and December. If you are a subscriber to the Pinch, we will let you know the status of your submission within one month (if you don't hear from us and are a subscriber, please send us an email).

We are a non-profit journal operating under the umbrella of the University of Memphis. All monies collected from Submittable fees are used to print the magazine and support the students in our MFA program. 


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 4,000 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. 

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Submit art for consideration for our journal's next issue. You may submit up to 5 pieces for every paid submission.

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.