daCunha

daCunha is an online publication that showcases quality fiction and nonfiction. We promote the writers we publish, helping new, emerging, and established authors reach a wider literary audience. Select stories will be published in our traditional print anthologies, recorded by professional actors for our podcast, and included in our live events. Our mission is broad and passionate!

daCunha is a subscriber-based publication. Select works appear in front of our paywall throughout the year, but your story will generally be available only to subscribers.



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We seek personal essays - the informal stories of your life, your loves, yourself. To quote Phillip Lopate, “The hallmark of the personal essay is its intimacy.” We welcome darkness and we love humor—show us the minutiae of your day, your memories, complaints, and whims. Make us smile, make us mad, make us care.
We’re open for submissions year round. For your work to be considered, please follow these guidelines:

  • We use Submittable to process all submissions.
  • Please send no more than 2 submissions within a 30-day period.
  • Include a short bio in your cover letter.
  • We are not currently looking for formal, academic essays.
  • We do not currently accept poetry.
  • Word count should be under 5,000.
  • We do not accept previously published essays. This includes pieces published in any online space, including personal blogs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Your submissions should be properly formatted (please double space!) and free of typos. Need an example? Click here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Please allow 30 days for our response. If your piece is accepted, our experienced editing team will work with you to best showcase your work.

Please note that daCunha is a subscriber-based publication. Select works appear in front of our paywall throughout the year, but your story will generally be available only to subscribers.

To get a feel for us, check out the rotating selection of free fiction and creative nonfiction: https://dacunha.global/

If you have questions, please email Lisa Renee: lisa@dacunha.global.

Thank you for your interest!

"Every man has within himself the entire human condition.” - Michel de Montaigne

We’re looking for well-crafted, compelling fiction written with a strong voice. Tell us a story. We’re open to many genres including, but not limited to, literary, science fiction, speculative, gothic, historical, flash, and fairytales. We do not publish fanfiction or erotica.

We’re open for submissions year round. Our response time is about 30 days. For your work to be considered, please follow these guidelines:

  1. We use Submittable to process all submissions. 
  2. Please send no more than 2 submissions within a 30-day period.
  3. Include a 100-word bio in your cover letter.
  4. Our standard maximum length is 5,000 words (20 minute read). Exceptions will be made at the discretion of our editorial team.
  5. We do not accept previously published stories. This includes pieces published in traditional print journals, on your personal blog, as an audio version, or in any other online space.
  6. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  7. Your submission should be properly formatted (please double space!) and free of typos. Need an example? Click here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Please allow 30 days for our response. Once your piece has been accepted, we will work with you to make sure it’s the best it can be before it appears in daCunha. No significant changes will be made without your participation and approval; copyediting will be made at the discretion of our team.

To get a feel for us, check out the rotating selection of free fiction and creative nonfiction: https://dacunha.global/

Please note that daCunha is a subscriber-based publication. Select works appear in front of our paywall throughout the year, but generally speaking your story will be available only to our subscribers.

Thank you for your interest! Questions? Email veronica@dacunha.global.

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