AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through Online-Only Exclusives, short blog pieces on the Writer’s Notebook, and articles giving job advice in our Career Advice section.

The Editors read submissions for the Career Advice section throughout the year. Please review our guidelines below.

Essays on Careers for Writers: 1,000 to 3,000 words

Essays on academic careers & nonacademic careers for writers appear in the Career Advice section of our website. Career Advice publishes articles about academia and job opportunities for MFA graduates. We are always seeking well-researched articles regarding opportunities for our members to succeed in the corporate or nonprofit sectors. Payment rates are the same as those of the Writer’s Chronicle ($18/100 words). These articles should not run longer than 3,000 words, and they should include the elements of good investigative reporting. They should not rely on personal anecdotes alone.

To propose a topic for consideration, please email

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable as well as through postal mail. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.


If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.