Exploring the art of prose


About Us

Welcome to CRAFT

Established in 2017 as a literary magazine for fiction, CRAFT has grown in 2020 to include creative nonfiction as well. We explore how writing works, reading pieces with a focus on the elements of craft, on the art of prose. We feature previously unpublished creative work weekly, with occasional reprints, as well as weekly critical pieces including essays on narrative craft, interviews, book annotations and reviews, and more. Each published creative piece includes an author’s note and an editorial introduction that each discuss craft and stylistics in the work.

We do not charge fees for our fiction or creative nonfiction submissions, or for our craft categories, and we are a paying market. Our general submissions are open year-round with no capacity limits. We value accessibility—keeping CRAFT free to read and free to submit to is our priority. We work with all writers, established as well as emerging. All fiction published in CRAFT comes through submission; we do not solicit fiction.

We offer editorial feedback on short and flash fiction, and we offer fast response categories for short and flash fiction whenever possible.


Our Values

As a tenet of our editorial philosophy, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or for any other reason. Additionally, we do not tolerate discrimination in the writing we consider for publication. Work we find discriminatory on any of the bases stated here will be declined without complete review. We reserve the right to refuse service to bigots—in some cases, we may ban writers from submitting work to us again.

Further, we actively recognize that publishing needs to better-reckon with its systemic racism. Structural inequality must be dismantled. Diversity is not enough—we need inclusion, equity, and reparations. We add our voice to the chorus of those in the anti-racist global movement seeking justice and change. We support and uplift the work of marginalized and historically mis- and underrepresented writers. See our page in support of Black Lives Matter for more. And please visit our Resources page for more information on anti-racism, representation, and inequality in publishing.

Further still, while the original VIDA/CLMP #saferLIT program no longer exists, we support survivors and agree with the program’s original intent: “To believe victims who come forward about their experiences, and to do what [we] can to assist in getting help and address the situation immediately. To not deny the experience, gaslight, or dismiss those who come forward.” To that end, we will deplatform writers we’ve published if we learn of their bigotry or harassment elsewhere.

Send Writing

CRAFT is open year-round to all writers. We currently feature two separate submission categories each for fiction and for creative nonfiction, based on the length of the work submitted: flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction, for work fewer than 1,000 words; and short fiction and creative nonfiction, for work up to 6,000 words. For more information, please see our submit page.

We also conduct several contests each year.


All inquiries can be sent to: contact@craftliterary.com


Editor in Chief: Katelyn Keating

Associate Editor: Suzanne Grove

Section Editors:
Creative Nonfiction—Jacqueline Doyle
Flash Fiction—Kristin Tenor
Short Fiction—Albert Liau and Kathy Ngoc Nguyen

Editorial Consultants (Editorial Feedback Team): Alyson Mosquera Dutemple, Mike Goodwin, Suzanne Grove

Editorial Assistants:
Craft & Critical Writing—Hannah Christopher
Creative Nonfiction—Alyse Burnside
Flash Fiction—Thomas Ferriello
Interviews—Sam Risak
Short Fiction—Claire Lobenfeld and Jesse Motte

Art & Marketing Assistant: Anthony Cardellini

Production Assistant: Matt Biundo

Readers: Rascher Marie Alcasid, Amy Barnes, L. Shapley Bassen, Matt Biundo, Elizabeth Bluth, Winston Bribach, Alyse Burnside, Anthony Cardellini, Hannah Christopher, Kyle Cochrun, Matt Dube, Alyson Mosquera Dutemple, Jamie Etheridge, Thomas Ferriello, Mike Goodwin, Mike Keeper, Joelle Kidd, Zachary Kocanda, Wilson Koewing, Kurt Kroeber, Shara Kronmal, Claire Lobenfeld, Jesse Motte, Hayley Neiling, Sam Risak, David K. Slay, Vijayalakshmi Sridhar, Cynthia Zhang, Tanya Zilinskas

Founding Editors: Laura Spence-Ash and Kim Winternheimer

Editor Hall of Fame: CRAFT would not be where we are today without the work of our first associate editor, Alex Berge, who defined the role and served with us for more than two years, until November 2020. Big thanks, also, to the work of longtime reader and first short fiction section editor, Jennifer Jellen, and to our first flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean, whose valuable contributions helped shape CRAFT.

Reader Hall of Fame: Andrea Auten, Jakob Bailey, Nicole Barney, Cameron Baumgartner, Melissa Bowers, Rebekah Daniel, Peter Dennis, Catherine Findorak, Téa Franco, Rosemary Graham, Troy Graham, Natalie Harman, Kristen Havens, Rose Heredia, Hannah Jackson, Ryanne Kap, Janice Leagra, Claudia McCarron, MJ McGinn, Priyanka Moorjani, Elizabeth Ochsner, Ashley Paul, Vandana Sehrawat, Tom Shute, Casey Smith, Mary Thompson, Mary Vensel White, Kori Wood, and Angela Workoff

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