First published by New American Press in 2009 and relaunched with an expanded editorial staff in 2020, MAYDAY presents new poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, cultural commentary, and visual art to an international community of readers.
MAYDAY is interested in exploring and engaging a wide spectrum of ideas and perspectives. We’re interested in culture and history, politics regional and global, the past, present, and future. Send us writing that surprises us, that introduces images and ideas in new and strange ways, that complicates our perspective. Send us fiction, poetry, personal essays, translations, reviews, visual art, and cultural criticism that have achieved a balance of craft and story so compelling that we cannot look away. We welcome writers who have been marginalized historically, including writers of color, queer and trans writers, disabled writers, and others who have suffered systemic discrimination.
We read year-round and accept submissions via Submittable.
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We do not usually consider previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We aim to respond much sooner than six months from date of submission. If you have not received a response after six months, please check on the status of your submission in Submittable. If you have further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rights revert to author upon publication. Please credit MAYDAY Magazine with first publication if the work is republished elsewhere.