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The Journal Submission Guidelines

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Editor: Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Nonfiction Editor, Poetry Review Editor

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From the The Journal guidelines:

We are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We only accept writing that has not been previously published, whether in print or online.

Fiction: We welcome literary fiction submissions of all forms, including those that incorporate experimental or genre elements, though we generally do not publish straight genre fiction. Because we believe diverse voices make for richer and more diverse stories, we welcome submissions from all marginalized people, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTIA and the gender non-conforming, and those with disabilities.

We are happy to consider self-contained excerpts of novels and long stories, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish stories longer than 10,000 words. Shorter fiction and flash fiction may be considered for online publication.

Essays: We are interested in nonfiction in any form, though we rarely publish academic writing or straight reportage.  We welcome memoir, personal essay, lyric and experimental work, hybrid forms, new journalism and non-academic cultural criticism.  And while we are open to all aesthetic and stylistic approaches, we especially value writing that is fresh, honest, self-aware, and well expressed.

We try to respond to submissions within four months, though it sometimes takes longer, and we generally don’t publish work over 6,000 words.

PoetryWe are looking for fresh, surprising work that impresses us with its technique and technical control. We want poems with heart (emotional clarity and complication) and brains (theoretical engagement, logic and metaphors that stand up to further contemplation, mastery of syntax and diction). We are committed to publishing underrepresented voices, and we also appreciate work in which the author has a stake: poems that feel both true and necessary. Put simply, we are looking for poems that we would be happy to read over and over again, poems in which we could appreciate new meanings, details, and connections each time. 

Reviews and Interviews: We are particularly interested in reviews of new books that have been published within the last two years.  

Submission Guidelines Details for The Journal

Market Type: Magazine

Contact: Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, Nonfiction Editor, Poetry Review Editor

Accepts: Avant-garde, Essay, Free Verse, Interview, Review

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Updated December 2, 2020