I am starting a new project, part of which will include publishing an emerging writer twice a month, starting in January 2021. I define emerging writer as someone with fewer than three article/essay/short story publications and no published books or book contracts.

Please submit your best nonfiction and nonfiction only. I am interested in literary essays and memoir. Please submit only one essay at a time. Essays should be between 1500 and 3000 words.

All essays will be paid a flat fee of $2,000.

Submissions will only be accepted at https://gay.submittable.com/.

I am interested in thoughtful essays, beautiful, intelligent writing, deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy. I am interested in provocative work but we are not interested in senseless provocation. You don't have to cannibalize yourself to tell a compelling story. The essays in Unruly Bodies might give you a sense of what I like but I am always open to being surprised. I am not looking to publish anew what I've already published.

Again, I am only interested in nonfiction, which is to say no poetry, fiction, or anything else that is not nonfiction. 

We respond to all submissions, generally within six weeks.




There are few guidelines for the kind of essays I am looking for. i want nuanced, thoughtful work where the essayist looks both inward and outward. I am particularly interested in well-researched, voice-driven writing. Personal essays and cultural criticism are warmly welcomed.


Submissions should be between 1500 and 3000 words. Writers are paid a flat rate of $2,000. 

Submissions are only open to emerging writers. You can only have three publications or fewer and no books or book contracts.


PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE ESSAY AT A TIME.

The Audacity