Contributor Guidelines

The San Franciscan publishes two print issues per year featuring work from a diverse group of local artists and writers. While contributors do not need to be current residents of San Francisco, we are looking for photographers with a strong connection to the Bay Area. We are always excited to receive queries, suggestions, and offers to contribute from photographers who are passionate about our mission. Reach out with any questions:

Featured Photography

The San Franciscan publishes literary journalism including short- and long-form reported pieces, photo essays, reviews featuring cultural commentary or critique, profiles, data visualizations, and more. For our featured photography needs, we try to match photographers with written pieces based on their style, unique angle, and connection to the topic. Email us with your interest in contributing and a portfolio of work at:

We are now accepting queries from photographers for Issue 5.

Photography Spreads

The San Franciscan publishes one photography spread per issue. We encourage locally themed submissions. Email your photography spread ideas to:

We are now accepting photography spread submissions for Issue 5 and beyond.


The San Franciscan is run by a small team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. The money we earn from print and subscription sales funds the production of the magazine. At this time, we cannot provide financial compensation to contributors. Paying artists and writers is important to us, and we are working toward being able to pay our contributors in the future.