The Readers’ Pen is space in the magazine devoted to first-person writing by our readers on a particular topic.  The topic may be broadly interpreted and submissions must be a true story with a disability-related theme.

Submissions may be heavily edited, and contributors can approve or disapprove of the changes prior to publication.

Topics for The Readers’ Pen are as follows:         

TOPIC                                   DEADLINE                      PUBLICATION DATE

Romance                         September 30, 2014                  Winter 2014/2015

Work                                     April 15, 2015                              Summer 2015

Submissions may be submitted as “Name Withheld,” and we may choose not to publish an author’s name.

Submissions should be sent as an attachment to your email.  We require submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx), single-spaced in 12-point font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.

Email your submission to:

If you prefer, mail your submission to:

Pentimento Magazine

PO Box 615

Lambertville, NJ  08530

Mailed submissions should be typed and double-spaced.

We do not pay for published Readers’ Pen submissions.  Contributors will receive a 2-year subscription to Pentimento.

Please change the name of the person(s) mentioned in your submission due to libel and privacy considerations.

We will try to respond within 2 – 4 months, but it may take longer.  Send an email query if you have not heard from us after four months.

Thank you for your interest in Pentimento.