Exploring the art of prose


About Us

Welcome to CRAFT

Established in 2017 as a literary magazine for fiction, CRAFT expanded in 2020 to publish 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 We feature previously unpublished creative work weekly, with occasional reprints, as well as weekly critical pieces including essays on narrative craft, interviews, book annotations, and more. All published creative pieces 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 various 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 creative work published in CRAFT comes through submission; we do not solicit fiction or CNF.

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


Interim Editor in Chief: Josh Roark

Associate Editor: Suzanne Grove

Section Editors:

Creative Nonfiction—Jacqueline Doyle
Flash Fiction—Melissa Benton Barker
Short Fiction—Albert Liau and Kathy Ngoc Nguyen

Editor at Large: Katelyn Keating

Editorial Consultants (Editorial Feedback): Alyse Burnside, Alyson Mosquera Dutemple, Suzanne Grove, Katelyn Keating, Claire Lobenfeld, Sam Risak, Vandana Sehrawat, David K. Slay, Cynthia Zhang

Editorial Assistants:
Creative Nonfiction—Matt Biundo and Alyse Burnside
Flash Fiction—Elizabeth Bluth
Interviews—Sam Risak
Short Fiction—Claire Lobenfeld

Art & Marketing Assistant: Sam Risak

Production Assistant: Matt Biundo

Readers: Shedrack Akanbi, Marguerite Alley, Amber Wheeler Bacon, Mant Bares, Melissa Benton Barker, Amy Barnes, L. Shapley Bassen, Matt Biundo, Elizabeth Bluth, Jahzerah Brooks, Alyse Burnside, Dana Cann, Anthony Cardellini, Allison Carr, Kyle Cochrun, Matt Dube, Paige Patterson Duff, Jamie Etheridge, Nneoma Kenure, Bronwen Keyes-Bevan, Joelle Kidd, Kristen Zory King, Zachary Kocanda, Namrata Kolachalam, Shara Kronmal, Claire Lobenfeld, Emma Margraf, Laura Marshall, Sam Risak, Austin Ross, Timi Sanni, Rowena Leong Singer, David K. Slay, Vijayalakshmi Sridhar, Tanya Zilinskas

Founding Editors: Laura Spence-Ash and Kim Winternheimer

Former Editors: Kristin Tenor, Editor in Chief 2021 & Flash Fiction Section Editor 2020–2021; Katelyn Keating, Editor in Chief 2018–2021; Laura Spence-Ash, Editor in Chief 2017–2018; Alex Berge, Associate Editor 2019–2020 & Short Fiction Section Editor 2018; Tommy Dean, Flash Fiction Section Editor 2018–2020; Jennifer Jellen, Short Fiction Section Editor 2018–2019

Assistant Hall of Fame: Anthony Cardellini, Art & Marketing 2021; Hannah Christopher, Craft & Critical Essays Editorial Assistant 2021; Thomas Ferriello, Flash Fiction Editorial Assistant 2020–2021; Jesse Motte, Short Fiction Editorial Assistant 2020–2021

Reader Hall of Fame: Rascher Marie Alcasid, Andrea Auten, Jakob Bailey, Nicole Barney, Cameron Baumgartner, Melissa Bowers, Winston Bribach, Hannah Christopher, Lena Crown, Rebekah Daniel, Peter Dennis, Alyson Mosquera Dutemple, Thomas Ferriello, Catherine Findorak, Téa Franco, Rosemary Graham, Troy Graham, Mike Goodwin, Natalie Harman, Kristen Havens, Rose Heredia, Hannah Jackson, Ryanne Kap, Mike Keeper, Wilson Koewing, Kurt Kroeber, Janice Leagra, Claudia McCarron, MJ McGinn, Corey Miller, Priyanka Moorjani, Jesse Motte, Dev Murphy, Barathi Nakkeeran, Hayley Neiling, Elizabeth Ochsner, Ashley Paul, Vandana Sehrawat, Leslie Shen, Tom Shute, Casey Smith, Mary Thompson, Mary Vensel White, Kori Wood, Angela Workoff, and Cynthia Zhang

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