SLICE Literary

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
FOUNDED BY TWO BOOK EDITORS SLICE, a New York-based literary nonprofit, was founded in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson. We had witnessed firsthand how difficult it was for emerging writers to break into the book world. An editor would too often rush into the weekly editorial meeting, elated to have discovered a bright new voice, only to find that there wasn’t room on the imprint’s list for someone without an impressive platform or track record. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EMERGING WRITERS AND THE PUBLISHING WORLD We launched SLICE because we wanted to champion emerging writers. We made a clear distinction, too, between publishing and championing. We wanted to do more than print their work. We wanted to find a way to change the conversation in those editorial meetings, so that people within the publishing industry would be more willing to take chances on voices that, even though they might not have been published widely yet, have the potential to enrich and expand the literary landscape. In short, we wanted to bridge the gap between emerging writers and the publishing industry. To bridge this gap, we invited emerging writers to join a conversation from which they had largely been excluded: a discussion on the craft and the business of writing. In our literary magazine and at our writer’s conference, we bring emerging writers into the same space as well-known authors, editors, agents, and professors, and there we spark conversations that extend from the writer’s desk to the bookstore shelf. We aim to educate and nurture emerging writers, to introduce publishing professionals to new talent, and to inspire readers.

Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Celia Johnson & Maria Gagliano
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Recent Awards Received
Pushcart Prize - Honorable mention
Representative Authors
Junot Diaz, Elizabeth Strout, Salman Rushdie
Submissions Policy
Slice magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We're not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. The best way to get a sense of Slice's content is to read the magazine.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
4 - 6 weeks
Author Payments
cash, copies
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
10 - 8
Average Number Of Pages
Celia Johnson
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Maria Gagliano and I were both editorial assistants at a major book publishing house. We wanted to help emerging authors build their platforms and have a greater chance at breaking into the publishing world, so we decided to start a literary magazine
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
The magazine is run by the two founders. We have an editor-in-chief, a submissions chief, a poetry editor, a production designer, and a cover designer. We also have a dedicated team of readers and copyeditors, many of whom work in book publishing by
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
A cover letter means very little to us. We are concerned with quality content, rather than a writer's background.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Our team of readers review all submissions and select their favorite pieces. The selected pieces are then reviewed by the editor in chief and publishers. A similar process is followed for poetry.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. Our aim is to find writers who show great promise. We want to publish work by tomorrow's literary legends. We're not draw
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Play to your own strengths. Don't try to write like anyone else. Celebrate your original viewpoints and style.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We don't have one in particular to share. Our favorite moments are when writers whose work debuted in our magazine send us a note to say that they've connected with a literary agent, won an award, or landed a book deal. Often editors and agents firs
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Our ideal reader is someone who is eager to discover new voices.