Inkslingers Submissions

Inkslingers draws heavily from unsolicited submissions, but welcome all to the process. We believe in providing a platform for emerging writers and new voices, and in helping them find a reader base.  Please note that we do not currently provide compensation for your work.  For this reason, you are welcome to submit simultaneously to other platforms, with our blessings.  We’re not here to keep your work and your vision from going out to the masses;  we’re here to facilitate it. However, if it is accepted somewhere else before you’ve heard from us, please contact us so we can include the additional publication information with your work.

We’re open to all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir. We tend toward submissions structured around narratives, but that’s not all we’re interested in. We’re keenly interested in writing that combines style with substance, and reaches beyond the personal to tell us something new, a fresh perspective. We firmly believe that great writing can make any subject interesting.

Inkslingers chooses to receive submissions via email, either via attachment, or in the body of an email. We are currently setting up a more formalized process, but for now, we like the grassroots feel of electronic mail.

Submit all queries and submissions to:

We try to respond to all submissions as soon as possible. But please understand that we operate with a skeleton staff (not real skeletons, mind you), and we are motivated to acknowledge everybody.

We read year-round, but it is not uncommon for a decision to take up to 6 months; unfortunately, this is especially true of work we like. If you have not heard from us since the initial confirmation email, please assume your manuscript is still under consideration.

Please follow standard formatting guidelines:

  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins all around
  • A clear, readable font (Times New Roman preferred)
  • Paragraphs indicated by indents (tabs), not by an extra line space
  • Anywhere between 500-5,000 words accepted.

If there is a particular photo or photos you’d like to include, please do so in .jpg or .png formats, with photographer credit (if known).


Essays accepted for publication undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. Remember, this is nonfiction. There’s absolutely no room for fictionalized interviews or unchecked facts. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and ideally, it should, to some degree), our editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with your essay, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography. Personal essays and memoir excerpts are the exception.