Killing the Buddha welcomes your submissions. If you’re not already a KtB reader, take a look at our site to get a sense of the kinds of pieces we publish. We are a small staff laboring for love, so it may take us some time to get back to you.

Here are a few guidelines for pitching: 

In your pitch, describe your piece and why it’s a good fit for KtB. (Bonus points if you have an idea for which section it might fit under!) A short paragraph is fine. Tell us a little about your background and include links to pieces you've already published, if any. If your piece is complete, let us know your word count, and please send it as an attachment, either by email or using the form at the bottom of this page. Most of the pieces we publish are roughly 1,000-3,000 words, although occasionally we publish longer pieces.

We are fine with simultaneous submissions—just tell us if you’re also submitting elsewhere. If your story is time-sensitive and/or if you haven't heard from us in a while, you're welcome to give us a nudge. We like nudges! 

Writers published in KtB implicitly accept the terms of our Creative Commons license. We will work with you to edit the piece and promote it on social media. Unfortunately, we can't pay you with anything other than love, exposure, and good karma all around.

If you’d rather not submit using the form below, you are welcome to send us an email at

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