Construction Literary Magazine

June 2019


We are currently CLOSED for General Submissions of Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, until September 1st. We are still accepting Architecture submissions.

Submit your best work to our first CONTEST via Submittable! Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019.

$500 Fiction Prize

$500 Nonfiction Prize

$500 Poetry Prize

Our editors will read all submissions and send a small group of finalists to the judges. Winners will be announced in the beginning of September and published in our Fall Issue. All submissions will be considered for publication.

1. All writing must be your original and unpublished creative work. Please note that social media and personal blogs are considered publication so do not send work that has previously appeared in print or online.
2. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere on the submission.
3. Editors will read all submissions and pass a group of finalists onto the judges who will then select the winner. Judges will read all submissions blind.
4. $15 entry fee covers 1 story up to 2,500 words, 1 piece of nonfiction up to 2,500 words, 3 flash pieces in either the fiction or nonfiction category up to 1,500 words total, or 3 poems (10 pages max). Please include the entire submission of a single genre in one document. However, you may make as many submissions as you like and in multiple genre categories, provided you submit the $15 fee each time.



MEGAN GIDDINGS has degrees from University of Michigan, Miami University, and Indiana University. She is Fiction co-Editor at The Offing and a Features Editor at The Rumpus. In 2018, she was a recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial fund grant for feminist fiction. Her stories are forthcoming or that have been recently published in Black Warrior Review, Arts & Letters, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. Her novel, Lakewood, will be published by Amistad in 2020.


MARCELO HERNANDEZ CASTILLO is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. His memoir, Children of the Land is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize (BOA editions 2018), and a winner of the 2019 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in poetry as well as a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Foreword INDIES Best Book of the Year Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His first chapbook, Dulce, was the winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize published by Northwestern University Press.


NOMI STONE is a poet and an anthropologist, and the author of two poetry collections, Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly 2008) and Kill Class (Tupelo 2019). Winner of a Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere. Stone has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, and this fall, she will begin as an Assistant Professor in Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas. Kill Class is based on two years of fieldwork she conducted within war trainings in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America.

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.”


Fiction and Non-Fiction

From Magdalena, our Fiction and Non-fiction Editor:

“I’m looking for writing that deals directly with what it means to live in this world even if the setting in unconventional or unreal, as long as it crackles with energy. I love voices that are self-aware without taking themselves and their lives too seriously. Send me satire, send me experiments, send me deep dives into places or moments or histories, and everything in between.”


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.