We traditionally close to fiction submissions only for the month of December each year, but 2020 was a bit rough and we reached the end of the year much, much more backlogged than usual (as I'm sure many of you have noticed with our extended response times). Last year we closed early in an effort to clear the decks, but while we've made considerable progress, we haven't quite got there yet—we want every story to have a fair, non-rushed reading, and it will take a little longer.
So fiction submissions will remain closed in January, and we hope to return to our usual schedule, with something a lot closer to our usual response time, in February.
Please note that we continue to be open to submissions for our Palestinian special issue until the end of this month.
As always, thank you for sharing your work with us, and for your patience!