Updated May 9, 2017

daCunha is an online publication that showcases both fiction and nonfiction. Select stories will be published in our traditional print anthologies (http://bit.ly/daCunha1), recorded by professional actors for our podcast (http://bit.ly/daCunha2), and included in our live events (http://bit.ly/daCunha3). Our mission is broad and passionate!

Nonfiction guidelines  - 

We seek personal essays of all stripes, 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. Our response time is about 30 days. 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.
If you have any questions, please email me, Lisa Renee, at lisa@dacunha.global.

Thank you for your interest!

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