Written by Ella Peary

Invisible City: Now Seeking Submissions

Invisible City is an online journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, produced by the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. They like writing that, “makes the unseen seen, examining the world through previously unconsidered perspectives and angles.” They especially like to showcase emerging authors, and authors who identify with underrepresented groups. To get a sense of what they publish, you can read Invisible City online.

Invisible City publishes two issues each year, in the spring and fall. Each thoughtfully designed edition features work from around 20 contributors. The journal has been published since 2020, and right now they’re seeking writing for their sixth issue.

Poets may submit up to three poems. Author of fiction and nonfiction may submit one piece, 5,000 words or fewer, or up to three flashes. Invisible City does not accept novel excerpts unless they work as standalone stories. All authors published in Invisible City receive a $20 honorarium.

October 16th is the deadline to submit poetry and fiction for Invisible City’s sixth issue. January 16th is the deadline to submit nonfiction.

Invisible City accepts submissions online, not via email or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions but ask that authors withdraw work published elsewhere. They do not accept previously published work. They also do not accept multiple submissions. Authors should submit only once per reading period.

Invisible City only accepts submissions that follow the guidelines they’ve posted online. Please read these guidelines in full before submitting.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Invisible City, please visit their website here.


Bio: Ella Peary is the pen name for an author, editor, creative writing mentor, and submission consultant. Over the past five years, she’s written hundreds of articles for Authors Publish, and she’s also served as a copywriter and copy editor for a wide range of organizations and individuals. She is the author of The Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction. She occasionally teaches a course on flash fiction. You can contact her at ellapeary@gmail.com.

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