Update (September 16, 2020): Due to the pandemic, ZYZZYVA is temporarily closed for submissions until further notice. If you have already mailed in a submission for our September reading period, it will be considered; but submissions postmarked after September 20 will not be considered. Please look to this space for future announcements regarding our submission periods, and thank you for your understanding.

Submitting Work to ZYZZYVA

We accept submissions only from January 7 through May 31 and September 1 through November 19 (date is the postmarked date deadline, not the arrival date deadline). Please send previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork to:

57 Post Street, Suite 604
San Francisco, CA 94104

Please note: We do not accept any online submissions.


Please submit only one story or one nonfiction piece at a time, and no more than five poems at a time. You may submit work as many times as you wish, but we ask that you wait to hear back from us before submitting further work for consideration. There is no maximum page count for submissions, and we are not currently seeking work about any particular theme or topic; that said, reading recent issues is perhaps the best way to develop a sense for the length and quality we are looking for in submissions. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, and be sure to include all your contact information, including phone number and e-mail address. We do accept simultaneous submissions, though we certainly appreciate the courtesy of exclusive submissions. Please do let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.


If you are submitting artwork, please mail us scans on disc or copies on paper. We are happy to consider original artwork in black and white and in color. Please do not submit photos of sculpture or performances. Include all caption information for each piece: title, year, medium, dimensions, and any relevant ‘courtesy of’ information (e.g., gallery, etc.).