Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
EPOCH publishes fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and graphic art. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by students and faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, in Cornell University’s Department of Literatures in English.

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If Yes, Please Name
Cornell University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
J. Robert Lennon
Contact Title
Editor in Chief
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Recent Awards Received
Three O. Henry Awards in 2013
Submissions Policy
We consider submissions during the academic year only via mail and Submittable. For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one batch. For short fiction or essay, submit a single piece or a suite of smaller pieces, i.e., flash fiction. We also accept visual art, for use on the cover, and comics; please submit these electronically in the form of a pdf. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews, or writing intended for children and young adults. Electronic Submissions We are open for electronic submissions only during the months of August and January. Each submission costs $3, and a portion of each fee, after processing costs, is donated to the Cornell Prison Education Program, which provides courses leading to college degrees for people incarcerated in upstate New York prisons. There will also be a free-submission weekend during each submission period; follow our twitter or Instagram for the dates. Submit via Submittable Mail Submissions Mail submissions are accepted between September and February and should include an SASE. Submissions received between March and August will be rejected without review. Submissions without SASE are recycled without notification to the author. Submissions should be addressed to the appropriate editor: e.g. Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Essay Editor. Please include your street address, e-mail address, and phone number on your mail submission. We normally respond within three months, a bit longer for submissions received between Thanksgiving and the end of January. We ask that you do not query about a mail submission until three months have passed. EPOCH 251 Goldwin Smith Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853-3201 Reading Periods We are a univesity publication with a small staff, and operate on an academic schedule. Our reading periods are September-October and January-February, so you may expect a response during those times. Payment Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay between $100 and $500 for poetry, prose, and comics, depending on length, and $350 for cover art.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 9 / 15 - 4 / 15
Reporting Time
4 - 10 weeks
Author Payments
cash, copies
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Paid Subscriptions
$11 / Institution $11
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
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