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The Common

About The Common: The Common publishes fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that invoke a modern sense of place.

Contact Information:

Editor: Jennifer Acker

Frost Library, Amherst College

Amherst, MA  02001-5000

Phone: (413) 542-5453



Submission/Subscription Information:

Genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 3/1-6/1; 9/1-12/1 Response time: 1 month after submissions close Payment: yes (see website) Contests: no Founded: June 2010 Issues per year: 2 Average pages: 200 Subscription 1 year: $20

Publisher’s description: The Common is an award-winning new print and online literary magazine publishing literature and images with a strong sense of place. Inspired by the mission of the town common—a gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas—we publish original narratives, characters, and language that reflect the worlds of the speakers and narrators. In the pages of The Common, the setting, real or imagined, impacts states of heart and mind.

In The Common, readers discover brand new writers and artists from around the world published alongside established favorites. Issues from our first three years include fiction by Lauren Groff, Jennifer Haigh, Stephen O’Connor, and Terese Svoboda, poetry by Mary Jo Salter, Tom Sleigh, and Brad Leithauser, and essays by Ted Conover, Philip Lopate, and Claire Messud, as well as work by many debut and emerging authors.

The Common, based at Amherst College, publishes two print issues per year and maintains an active website featuring essays and art, plus audio and video content.

Recent issues:

Issue 07 transports readers to Europe, home of the Brothers Grimm, with pieces inspired by the fantastic and the ordinary. Acclaimed Roman author Francesca Marciano offers a modern Italian fairy tale with a twist, Jaydn DeWald’s poetry ponders Spanish paintings, and Elvis Bego tells us a story both whimsical and dark from the streets of Copenhagen. Kelcey Parker explores the little-known life of Czech fairy tale writer Božena Nĕmcová, and a translated chapter from provocative Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin’s novel SANKYA left one reviewer “devastated.” Issue 07 also features work from contributors whose roots extend far beyond Europe, including Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck and eminent Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman.


last updated 05/19/2014