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Finding the extraordinary in the common has long been the mission of literature. Inspired by this mission and the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to recapture an old idea. The Common publishes fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined; from deserts to teeming ports; from Winnipeg to Beijing; from Earth to the Moon: literature and art powerful enough to reach from there to here. In short, we seek a modern sense of place.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2010

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2020 (86.1 days from now) through 01 December 2020. 2
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Place/Regions.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
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Nonfiction Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2020 (86.1 days from now) through 01 December 2020. 0
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Place/Regions.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
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Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 September 2020 (86.1 days from now) through 01 December 2020. 0
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Place/Regions.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 5 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
Submissions:
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Dates

Last Updated: 01 Jun 2020
Last Checked: 03 Jun 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 24 Feb 2020 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 16 Sep 2010

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