Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.  —Jorge Luis Borges  

While we accept submissions on a broad range of themes, we are particularly interested in investigating the multifaceted meanings of constructions—literal, metaphoric, literary, theoretical, and more. We look for work that’s not afraid to ask the difficult and often unanswerable questions: how do humans create a sense of place, home, self, nation? how can we challenge these constructions and redefine their boundaries? how do we, in Borges’ terms, negotiate between stone and sand?
 

We are currently closed to regular submissions, but if you simply can't wait until we re-open or want to contribute to keeping Construction running smoothly, you can use this tip jar option. 

You can submit work in any genre here, but please specify what genre your piece falls in within the title of your submission.

Genre guidelines:

Poetry: submit up to 5 poems or 10 pages.

Fiction: submit up to 3 flash pieces or 2500 words.

Nonfiction: submit up to 3 shorter pieces or 2500 words.

 Send up to 5 poems at a time in a single document. 

From Julia, our poetry editor:

“I’m looking for words that are unforgettable–lodging themselves into a reader like a fishbone in the throat. I am drawn to ambition, musicality, and a careful handling of language, rich with precise and palpable images that leave me returning to the works again and again. While lyric poems with a somewhat narrative backbone tend to be my cup of tea, I am also interested in seeing your more experimental work that plays with and radically challenges conventional notions of form and content. Send us your best and bravest, poems that (de/re)construct a world we have yet to imagine.”

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it's accepted elsewhere.

In the cover letter, provide a brief bio and contact information.

Thanks! 

Send completed essays (no more than 2 at a time) or pitches for potential essays.

From Nicola, our architecture editor:

“This column explores both real and literary constructions, delving into their sensual experience as well as their cultural and philosophical resonances. I am looking for short, analytical essays on specific buildings/structures and works of fiction, poetry, and film that feature architectural spaces. Book reviews on architectural books (especially theory) are also welcome.”

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it's accepted elsewhere.

In the cover letter, provide a brief bio and contact information. 

We're looking for fiction from 500-2,500 words.

Send us anything that relates to the concept of making a home, building a self, constructing a memory, demolishing a notion. You get the idea.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it's accepted elsewhere.

In the cover letter, provide a brief bio and contact information. 


Thanks! 

We're looking for creative nonfiction and essays from 500-2,500 words.


Send us anything that relates to the concept of making a home, building a self, constructing a memory, demolishing a notion. You get the idea.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece immediately if it's accepted elsewhere.

In the cover letter, provide a brief bio and contact information.

Thanks! 

Construction Literary Magazine