BROAD STREET Magazine: interdisciplinary nonfiction magazine reading all year around

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Broad Street is a truly interdisciplinary journal published primarily in print but with a strong web presence, run cooperatively at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit us at; to see how we push academic work, reportage, and belles lettres in new ways. Your smart best friend should enjoy Broad Street as much as your theory-steeped professor. Think NPR. Think New Yorker. Think Broad Street.

What we want: beautifully crafted, previously unpublished non-fiction analytical work that comes primarily in narrative form: memoir, yes, but our banner might read "BEYOND THE ME(MOIR)"—we are interested in what has happened in the culture and perhaps how it has affected you in your life, but we prefer not to read solely about a moment in an individual existence—unless it brings us far above the ordinary plane. No heavy academic apparatus, but more "relaxed" and expansive works of prose and poetry. Our first issue received two special mentions in the Pushcarts (Paisley Rekdal on murder in SLC and Susann Cokal on Barbie's forgotten best friend, Midge) and a two-page spread in The Writer magazine; we're getting stronger and better with each volume.
Genres we like but are not limited to: reflective essays, reportage, memoirs, experimental truth-telling, poetry, prose poetry, photo essays, original artwork, and interviews. Ideal length is between 300 and 4500 words; if you wish to submit a substantially longer piece, please query first.
We want art! We're an intersection where writing, poetry, and artwork can be enjoyed by readers and writers deeply engaged with the culture, though not through an academic lens. Each issue features a substantial photo essay and/or other substantial visual feature, as well as individual works of fine art and illustration.

Each issue has a theme broadly applied; we appreciate fresh approaches. Follow directions on our online submission engine (, or write to Editorial Director for more guidance. Images should be sent in low resolution (100-300 dpi); we will request a higher resolution if the image is accepted.
We give each piece painstaking editorial attention that rivals that of any book publisher. Payment is in four copies and a subscription to the next issue.
Representative Authors, in no particularly order: Paisley Rekdal, Alan Cheuse, Thomas E. Kennedy, Chad Hunt (photojournalism), Susann Cokal, Christine Gelineau, Maggie Messitt, Yehuda Amichai (Robert Alter translator), Dawn Whitmore (photo essay), Joshua Poteat, Lea Marshall, Tama Janowitz, Josh George (painter), Lee Strasburger (painter), Jeanette Winterson, Glenn Shepard, Deborah Jiang-Stein.
Genres of interest: Cultural Studies (not stuffy), Reportage, Reflective essays tying the personal to the broader culture, Pop Culture, Anthropology and Sociological Observation, Examinations of Unexpected Elements of Storytelling (see our interview with Tony-winning costume designer Paloma Young), Interviews and Other Forms of Belles Lettres, Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Science and Medicine, LGBTQ, Graphic/Illustrated True Narratives, Historical Reconsiderations, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Pop Culture, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Translation of any of these categories, and "much, much more." Be creative and send us your meanest, best material; if we feel the magic, we will give you closest attention to help realize your vision.
Upcoming themes: "Small Things," "Cured," "Is It a Sunshine Day?" "Othered Up," "Birth, School, Work, Death," "Danses Macabres and Otherwise." See website for submissions dates: