How to Submit Your Story to The New Yorker Magazine
Get Published in This Legendary Magazine
The New Yorker was founded in 1925 by Harold Ross. Ross polished his literary chops at daily meetings of the famous Algonquin Round Table, of which he was a charter member. The witty Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley contributed to the magazine in its early years and were also members of that literary legend. The magazine has serious literary status. Throughout the 20th century, getting your work published in The New Yorker was a major milestone, and the magazine continues to be one of the most venerated publishers of short fiction.
Writing Legends Grace Its Pages
The magazine has given visibility to and helped make the careers of such successful writers as John O'Hara, John Cheever, John Updike, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Carver, J.D. Salinger, Janet Frame, Salman Rushdie, and Alice Munro. Despite the universal decline in magazine readership since the birth of online publishing, The New Yorker (under the leadership of editor David Remnick) continues to thrive boasting over 1,240,000 readers.
The New Yorker Writing Style
Though The New Yorker has contributed more than its fair share of short stories to the literary canon, that doesn't mean everything it publishes is conservative. The magazine has also taken chances on some fairly experimental writers like George Saunders and Haruki Murakami. What that means for you, the writer, is that even if your work veers towards the less traditional, feel free to give it a shot.
Sample Writing From The New Yorker
"Sally will always believe that she knew at once—even before she heard Peter’s voice, she knew what had happened. If an accident had happened, it would not be to her six-year-old, who was brave but not inventive, not a showoff." (From "Deep-Holes" by Alice Munro)
Odds of Publishing Something in The New Yorker
The odds, of course, all depend on who you are. If you've never published anything, the odds are very, very slim that you'll get published based on space availability. The New Yorker publishes only one story per issue (devoting one issue per year to new fiction), and it's likely nearly every ambitious American writer tries to get into The New Yorker at some point or another. And, while The New Yorker does take chances on new writers, it tends to draw from its stable of established writers, like Munro and Murakami.
That said if you're one of the young writers the magazine takes a chance on, if your work is accepted then your career is made, so it's worth taking a shot.
How to Send Submissions to The New Yorker
Submit your story as a PDF attachment using the magazine's online submissions form. Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send one story at a time and allow three months for a response. Submissions can also be sent by regular mail to Fiction Editor, The New Yorker, 1 World Trade Center, New York, N.Y. 10007. You will only hear from the magazine if it is interested in publishing your work. If you have not heard within three months, you should assume your story has not been accepted.