Please See Me is published three times a year, and seeks to elevate the voices and health-related stories of vulnerable populations and those who care for them. Our style can be thought of as a cross between the creative vibe of Tin House and the healthcare-narrative focus of The Intima. Each issue will suggest a theme as a starting point for content, and we welcome creativity in your approach to that theme. We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently. If you aren’t sure if your work fits, please feel free to query us.
We accept previously unpublished, creative, and high-quality work in the form of: poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, and digital media (photography, drawings, paintings, podcasts, and short films).
Upon acceptance, Please See Me retains first-time publishing rights, and the work will be published online. We also reserve the right to publish in a print anthology for promotional purposes at a later date. All rights revert back to authors and artists 30 days after publication, and we ask that if the work is published elsewhere at a later date that Please See Me is credited as first-time publisher.
Please wait to hear back from us before resubmitting.
A grant from the Maryland Humanities Foundation has enabled us to pay writers and artists for the coming editorial year beginning with our 2020 Winter Issue. Contributors who publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography or digital art in an issue of Please See Me will receive a flat-rate payment for their work after publication.
General Submission Guidelines
Please submit a maximum of three poems at a time.
Please submit short stories up to 4,000 words in length, double-spaced, 12 point serif font.
Please submit nonfiction pieces up to 4,000 words in length, double-spaced, 12 point serif font.
We will look at excepts of longer works on a case-by-case basis; please query us with a description of your project before submitting longer work.
Please submit short films up to five minutes in length.
We welcome submissions of photography, podcasts, and other media. If you can create it and relate it to health and wellness, we will consider it!
If you're not sure if your project fits, send us a short description and we'll let you know if we're interested in taking a look at it.