Construction Literary Magazine

Summer 2017


General Guidelines

All submissions and pitches are conducted over email.  Do four things:

  1. Learn about Construction by reading our Mission and familiarizing yourself with our magazine.
  2. Write the appropriate category in the subject line of your email.
  3. Include a brief bio in the body.
  4. Attach all writing as a Word document and art as a normal image file (.jpg, .gif, etc.)



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.”



From Torrey, our Fiction Editor:

“I’m looking for fiction that demands I see the world anew. I want to read stories that flip the commonplace on its head with a turn of phrase, sentences that turn the dark belly of a thing up to face the light. I want to feel at home in a foreign land, and I want to feel like a stranger in my own home. I want to be surprised. Send me your experiments, your oddly-shaped tales, your excavations and burial sites; whatever shape it takes, so long as it bleeds.”



From Noam, our Non-Fiction Editor:

“I find it a shame that we define this genre by what it is not. And yet, that negative door opens up a portal to a vast realm– all possible worlds within our own, real, non-fiction-y world. Like other creations, the freedom of creative nonfiction is rooted in its construction on a constraint. And this is what I search for: work whose grounding in the world allows it to soar. Send me your upside-down Towers of Pisa, your failed science experiments, your tethered (and untethered) kites. If we must exclude the fictional let us let in everything else: I crave both exquisite texts and pieces that find their home in other media – video, animation, performance, and sound. And I hunger for all those little hybrids in-between. So send me those.”


Border Construction

From Daniela and John, our Border Construction Editors:

“We seek to publish stories, articles, essays, page-happenings and poems that will change the way we see the border. We want to find a new and more humane way of talking about migration, nationality, identity, legality. We hope to shock and be shocked. We want to feel the rage and see the beauty. We want to choke and spit. We want to reveal a new migration mythos. We want numbers, testimony, song. We want writing completely sin fronteras.”



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.”


Other Ideas

We are open to your interpretations of Construction’s mission. If you have art, animation, interviews, book reviews, you name it, send your materials and pitches to Julia or Nicola.

Note: Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our contributors.

We try to respond to every submission as quickly as possible, but we are a small magazine, so please wait at least 3 months before contacting us about your submission.