Submission Guidelines

Vela publishes nonfiction written by women. Please read our manifesto and several of our stories to get a feel for what we publish before sending us your work.

Our feature stories typically run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, although we are open to longer work. Submit completed work only; we do not accept pitches. We also do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. Due to the volume of work we receive, we cannot offer feedback on individual submissions.

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Vela also publishes a series of columns for which we accept short-form submissions: PlacedBody of Work, Outlines, Milestones, and The Writing Life.

Submit your work here. Include a short cover letter and bio.


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