Work with us.
With/out Pretend places emphasis on working with women. This enthusiastically includes ALL women and non-binary folks. We’re currently accepting submissions and pitches for our new magazine The Vault. The Vault publishes long-form illustrated stories every month. We will also be publishing collaborative multi-issues, poetry collections, and a quarterly print magazine.
For publication in The Vault
We’re looking for intimate, untold stories from emerging and established writers. We accept fiction and non-fiction prose pieces between 2,000 - 4,000 words (and we'll consider poetry for specific issues only). We’re keen to see the stories that matter to you — the stories that you are ready to tell.
A collaborative print issue of The Vault
We’re currently accepting submissions via the form below for our next quarterly issue of The Vault, On Mothering. Deadline to submit: February 28, 2019.
This theme conjures a broad spectrum of topics: the question of becoming a mother, or not; the joys and challenges of birthing and/ or raising children; what it means to be a caregiver in any form, and the impact of caring “too much”; how our relationships with our own mothers inform our relationships and the ways in which we seek and give love. The topic of mothering is wrapped up in social expectations, our heritage and cultural practices, our definitions of womanhood, the burden of care, and our very human desire to nurture and be nurtured. We welcome poetry and prose (non-fiction or fiction, early drafts or pitches) rooted in personal experience.
How to Submit
We accept full drafts or pitches, but sending at least a partial draft is the best way to get published. Please complete the form below.
Please send a short bio and samples of your work by completing the form below. If there are fields that don’t apply to you, indicate “n/a.”
We have a small editorial team, and unfortunately we don’t have time to respond to all incoming submissions. We appreciate the hard work and vulnerability it takes to submit work, and we see you! If we haven’t responded to your note within 3 months, please feel free to follow up with us or submit again.
Other important info
Many literary magazines will charge a submission fee to subsidize their administrative and editorial costs*. Our submission process is free, but we do ask that you support one of our projects before submitting work for our consideration. You can subscribe to The Vault for only $5 per month, and cancel anytime. You can also purchase an individual story for $6. We also have books!
*We pay the folks we work with, including writers and artists.