Paper Brigade, the annual print literary journal of Jewish Book Council, is named in honor of the group of writers and intellectuals in the Vilna Ghetto who rescued thousands of Jewish books and documents from destruction by the Nazis. Comprised of articles, interviews, fiction, poetry, and artwork, the journal celebrates the breadth and diversity of today’s Jewish literary landscape in America and abroad.
Paper Brigade’s editors are committed to amplifying the voices of Jewish-interest authors of all backgrounds, including those from marginalized communities and writers in translation whose work may not otherwise be available in English. We seek to expand commonly held ideas of what constitutes the Jewish experience, and to emphasize ties between Jewish books and the wider literary world.
Stories should be between 1,500 and 7,000 words. We encourage authors to familiarize themselves with Paper Brigade before submitting.
Submissions must be previously unpublished. Please send only one story, together with a $3 reading fee. Additional submissions will not be read. Stories will be considered for both print and Paper Brigade's digital arm, PB Daily. All authors will be paid for published work.
We read all submissions carefully, which means it can take three months or more for us to respond. We understand and accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if a story is accepted for publication elsewhere.