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 authors with a strong connection to the Bay Area. Reach out with any questions:

Nonfiction Pitches

The San Franciscan publishes literary journalism including short- and long-form reported pieces, personal essays, reviews featuring cultural commentary or critique, profiles, data visualizations, and more. Nonfiction pitches should clearly describe the author’s idea, unique angle, and connection to the topic. Full submissions or one- to two-paragraph pitches are welcome. Review past issues for guidance on style and tone. Email pitches and nonfiction submissions to:

We are now accepting writing for Issue 4.

Fiction Submissions

The San Franciscan publishes one short fiction piece per issue. Excerpts of longer works are accepted. Please limit submissions to 3500 words. We encourage locally themed submissions. Email fiction submissions to:

Fiction submissions for Issue 4 are now closed. Please reach out with any inquires, or check back in April of 2021.

Poetry Submissions

The San Franciscan typically includes two to three poems per issue. Though we encourage a variety of work, we have a preference for content relating to San Francisco. 

We accept rolling submissions. The cutoff for inclusion in Issue 4 is November 15, 2020. 

Email poetry submissions to: with the subject line: Poetry Submission. Include a third-person bio in your cover letter, no more than 50 words. 

Send up to three poems in one document, one poem per page. Each poem should be a maximum of 30 lines. We accept .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt. Please do not include any identifying information in the document, as the poems will be read blind by our editor.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us of placement by replying to your submission email with the subject line: Poem Title, Withdrawn.

Though we get many incredible poems, we have very limited capacity to give each one a home. If your submission is not accepted, we encourage you to try again for our next issue.


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 writers and artists is important to us, and we are working toward being able to pay our contributors in the future.