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EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. The magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. EPOCH appears three times per year: in September, January, and May.

EPOCH was founded in 1947 by Baxter Hathaway, who had been brought to Cornell the year before with a mandate to establish a creative writing program at the university. The magazine began as a literary quarterly staffed by Hathaway’s colleagues in the English Department. The magazine has been in continuous publication since the fall of 1947 and remains an open forum for fiction, poetry, essays, and all forms of literary and visual art.

Current Issue

Volume 67, Number 2, 2018 series

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Landmarks at Home
Michael Robert Liska

The Dragon
Edward Hower

Palacio de los Pollos
Cara Blue Adams

Little Deaths
Thomas H. McNeely

Twelve Answers Only You Can Question
James Warner

And I’m Mixed
D. J. Thielke

Our Peggy
Lamar Herrin

Wil Weitzel

On Garby Road
John L’Heureux


Grammar School: Diagramming the Sentence
Graham Hillard

Roald Hoffmann

A Coop on the Dogtown Road
Brendan Galvin


Westminster West, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 40" x 36" (courtesy of Rice Polak Gallery)
Donald Saaf


EPOCH is an open forum for literary fiction, poetry, essays, screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction. We consider only work that is previously unpublished. We do not accept electronic submissions or simultaneous submissions.

Reading Period

We read work submitted by literary agencies year-round. We read unsolicited work between 15 September and 15 April of each academic year. Work submitted outside our reading period is returned unread.


We consider submissions by mail only. All submissions should include an SASE. Submissions without SASE are recycled without notification to the author. Submissions should be addressed to the appropriate editor: e.g. Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Essay Editor. Screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction should be so labeled on the envelope.

The magazine address is:
EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

For poetry, submit no more than five poems in one envelope. We consider poetry in all forms, including the long poem. For fiction, submit no more than one story per envelope and no more than three short short stories per envelope. We consider fiction in all forms, short short to novella length. We do not publish literary criticism or book reviews. You may make more than one submission at a time in either fiction or poetry, but each submission must be in a separate envelope. Submissions of graphic art, graphic fiction, and cartoons should be as pdf on disk; the editors assume no responsibility for the safe return of such submissions, so, please, retain copies of this kind of work. Please include your street address, e-mail address, and phone number on your submission. We normally respond in six to ten weeks, a bit longer for submissions received during the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday season. We ask that you do not query about a submission until after three months have passed.


Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay a minimum of $50 per poem. We pay a maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.


EPOCH is published three times a year, in the fall, winter, and the spring. Subscriptions are $11 per year ($15 foreign). EPOCH is $5 a copy. Sample copies available postage paid at $5 a copy.

To subscribe, send payment to:

EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201



Michael Koch


Heidi E. Marschner


Nancy Vieira Couto


Joseph Martin

mailing address:

EPOCH magazine
251 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

Phone: 607-255-3385

Advertising Info


  • $150 full page interior
  • $175 full page inside cover

EPOCH will exchange ad space with other literary magazines upon request.


  • Magazine format: 6 x 9 inches
  • Full page ad: 4.5 x 7.5 inches max
  • Hi-res PDF required.
  • No color pages accepted.


EPOCH has recently received two O. Henry Awards: “Temples” by Adrienne Celt (63:3) and “Exit Zero” by Marie-Helene Bertino (64:2) will be reprinted in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016.

“The Diplomat's Wife” by Pauls Toutonghi (63:2) and “Cut Lip Road” by Darrell Spencer (63:2) were short-listed for The Best American Short Stories 2015.

“Ice” by Kate Petersen (63:3), “Drought Fishing” by Thomas Reiter (63:3), and “Blueberries” by D. R. MacDonald (63:1) were all short-listed for The 2016 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.

Additionally, “Predator II” by Michael Booe (62:2) was short-listed for The 2015 Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.