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Thread: A Literary Publication publishes short personal essays by established and emerging writers.

Thread features pieces from 100-1800 words,  twice a year.

Stitch offers a 100-word piece every month.

Thread/Stitch does not accept short stories or poetry. There are no submission fees. Contributors, including myself, are offering their work for the love of the art and the joy of publication. Every essay accepted in Thread or Stitch receives a close, careful edit in which I work in tandem with the writer. Writer bios and head shots are featured on a separate Contributors page. Each essay is featured on social media, and writer’s other creative works – books, plays or storytelling events – are promoted on the site.

Thread and Stitch cover a variety of themes relating to human experience across the decades; thoughtful, poignant stories from the lives of a diverse range of people.

To submit your written work for review:

  1. Send your piece in the body of an email to with “Submission” and the name of your essay in the subject line.
  2. Please don’t send essays as Word document attachments. I am aware that this can throw off formatting, but that’s okay.
  3. Tell me a little something about yourself in a few lines.
  4. Just one essay per submission for Thread, but you can send up to two for Stitch.
  5. Indicate whether your piece is a simultaneous submission and please let me know if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

Thread publishes original material that has not been previously published. I’ll let you know by email if your piece is a fit, usually within four weeks.

I am a solo editor-preneur, so please understand that if I take a pass on your work, I won’t be able to provide you with detailed notes about why.

If you would like feedback or coaching for a piece that you would like to submit to Thread or another publication, I do offer coaching services and manuscript reviews. For more about that, and what people have said about working with me, go to the Coaching page of my website here.

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In September 2016, an essay in Thread earned a spot in the Best American Essays Notable list. Kudos to Randy Osborne and his essay in the Fall 2015 issue, “Seaside Bohemia” for its well-deserved praise! Earlier in the year, Thread received a four-star review in The Review Review and a short feature in New Pages.

Ellen Blum Barish

Editor, THREAD

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thread?

An online literary publication featuring short personal essay, memoir, creative nonfiction and original photography.

Who edits the publication?

Ellen Blum Barish. For more about me, click on the About page.

Is Thread affiliated with a university or other organization?

No. Thread is the creation of volunteer writers and photographers and a solo editor-preneur.

Who are the contributors?

Emerging and established writers and photographers. See Contributors page.

When do you read submissions?

Every day of the year, but I will periodically take a rest month, indicated above. Send your pieces to me at

In what form should I send pieces?

See the guidelines above.

Does Thread and Stitch pay writers?

Not yet, but I hope to do that in the near future. Thread does promote writers on social media and on the Contributors page and offers writers the chance to highlight their creative work on the site as well.

Can you submit photographs or art?

Not at this time.