As It Ought to Be Magazine invites submissions from both seasoned writers and emerging voices.

We are especially interested in the following genres:

  • Poetry
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Responses to current events in politics and culture
  • Philosophical essays and social commentary
  • Art and literary criticism
  • Book reviews
  • Interviews with writers, artists, scholars, activists, and community leaders

For all submissions, please include a brief introductory letter, a short biography written in the third person, and contact information. We prefer your manuscripts to be sent in a Word document or a pdf format. Please note that we will not be able to accept previously published work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if it is accepted somewhere else. For a good idea of what we publish, check out our archives of poetry, literary criticism, and nonfiction.

Please email submissions and inquiries to: