What do we like?

We like things that are funny. Like, really funny. Think George Saunders and David Sedaris and Woody Allen and Jack Handey and Bill Bryson, not to mention past Kugelmass contributors like Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Simon Rich, Larry Doyle, Mike Birbiglia, Jenny Allen, Yoni Brenner and Ben Greenman. Most importantly, we like humor that shows us the world in new ways. We're believers that funny can be sad and poignant and gritty and whimsical. We like when funny gets dark or ambiguously inappropriate. We give a damn but that doesn't mean we haven't broken as many hearts as we've mended. We like ugly truths and to be taken somewhere we've never been, somewhere we didn't know existed and for that place to speak to something larger about who we are and why we are. We like our funny to jerk us from a daze and dangle something extraordinary in our faces, something that was there all along, but we couldn't see it.

Oh yeah, and we like things to be funny. If your piece won't make a hilarious percentage of readers laugh, then we shan't have it. 

What do we not like?

While we’ll take a look at most anything, we tend to shy away from: Parody, fake news, gags, anything that relies too much on jokes, especially if those jokes make us wince or groan, anything that is merely lite and/or amusing, trick endings, that kind of thing. 



One story OR essay at a time. Length: 1 to 4,000 words. FYI: Story submissions outnumber essay submissions by about 3:1. We LOVE essays. 


Funny poets should send 1-3 poems (send poems in one document).

The in-between

Kugelmass is seeking humor that blurs the lines of visual and literary art, poetry and prose, fiction and non. We’re not really sure what any of this means, other than we want to see humor in a form it has never been in. (1) Submit to this category sparingly; (2) Surprise us.

Reviews Comics/Illustrations/Photos General

For general back and forth,

All submissions must be made via our online submission manager. (check out our guidelines page first)