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. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Multiple submissions are not accepted and will not be read or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again. Please allow four to six months for a decision.

Each contributor receives a one-year subscription to The Journal and two contributor’s copies. Unfortunately, at this time we are only able to offer monetary payment to our art contributors. Recent contributors, please wait at least one year from when your work appears in The Journal before submitting again.

We 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.

Please limit poetry submissions to 3 – 5 poems grouped in a single .doc or .pdf document.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Multiple submissions are not accepted and will not be read or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

Please withdraw submissions using the online submission system. For withdrawals of a single poem from a packet, there is no need to withdraw the entire submission; simply leave a comment on your submission via the submission manager.

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fiction submissions of all forms, including those that incorporate experimental or genre elements, though we generally do not publish straight genre fiction.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. 

All fiction submissions should be double-spaced. 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.


Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Multiple submissions are not accepted and will not be read or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

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.  All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission. Multiple submissions are not accepted and will not be read or responded to; please wait until you receive a response from us before submitting again.

We’re interested in visual art of all media. We are looking for a cohesive suite of work that demonstrates a clear point of view. Please send 6 – 10 pieces of art (at least 300 dpi) and include a short bio with your submission. 

You can visit our online archives to preview the type of work we've accepted in the past. 

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission and withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.


Our newest issue, 41.3, is now available! Featuring poetry by Chen Chen and Dean Young, fiction by Lydia Davis and Rosa Hiraya Pangilinan, nonfiction by Anthony Moll, and artwork by Henry Hu.

To see who else is in our Summer 2017 issue, visit our table of contents.

$11.00
This is a special deal for anyone submitting a manuscript to The Journal. Get a year's subscription (two print issues plus our two free online issues) for $11.
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Submit to The Journal and get a sample copy of the magazine for $6.00. Please note: we cannot ship back issues internationally at the discounted rate. If you would like a back issue shipped to your international address, please contact managingeditor@thejournalmag.org.

More information about our back issues is available here:
http://thejournalmag.org/archives/category/issue


Available back issues include:
41.1 featuring work by Rae Armantrout, Tiana Clark, Kathryn Nuernburger, and Abe Koogler
40.3, featuring work by Gillian Cummings, Kristina Marie Darling, Paige Lewis, Angela Voras-Hills
40.1, featuring work by Mary Ann Samyn, Aaron Apps, and Julie Hensley
39.3, featuring work by Kiki Petrosino, Elizabeth O'Brien, and Chase Burke
39.1, featuring work by Franny Choi, Jenn Scott, and Akemi Johnson
38.3, featuring work by Jody Azzouni, Melissa Barrett, and Anne Marie Rooney
38.1, featuring work by G.C Waldrep, Rosalie Moffett, and Peter Stenson
37.3, featuring work by Brenda Hillman, Bruce Bond, and Joan Marcus
37.1, featuring work by Bob Hicok, Carl Phillips, and Leslie Parry
36.3, featuring work by Ian Stansel, Michael Mlekoday, and J. Allyn Rosser
36.1, featuring work by Chidelia Edochie, Eduardo C. Corral, and Traci Brimhall
35.1, featuring work by Alexander Lumans, C.J. Sage, and Martha Collins
34.2, featuring work by Nance van Winckel, Hailey Leithauser, and Carl Phillips
33.2, featuring work by Melissa Kwasny, Seth Abramson, and Erika Meitner
33.1, featuring work by Bob Hicok, Paisley Rekdal, and Sydney Lea
32.2, featuring work by Stephen Burt, Peter Campion, and Chad Davidson
32.1, featuring work by Laura Kasischke, Jericho Brown, and Julianne Buchsbaum
31.2, featuring work by Richard Powers, Linda Bierds, and Brenda Hillman
31.1, featuring work by Alison Stine, Sarah Vap, and Katie Ford

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By subscribing to The Journal, you will receive our two print issues, Winter and Summer, delivered to the address you enter. Our two online issues, Spring and Autumn, are available at thejournalmag.org.


By subscribing to The Journal, you will receive our two print issues, Winter and Summer, delivered to the address you enter. Our two online issues, Spring and Autumn, are available at thejournalmag.org. This option allows you to purchase a two-year subscription to The Journal at a reduced rate.


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Please note: we cannot ship back issues internationally at this rate. If you would like a back issue shipped to your international address, please contact managingeditor@thejournalmag.org.

More information about our back issues is available here:
http://thejournalmag.org/archives/category/issue

Available back issues include:
41.1, featuring work by Tiana Clark, Rae Armantrout, Miguel Murphy
40.3, featuring work by Kristina Marie Darling, Paige Lewis, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
40.1, featuring work by Mary Ann Samyn, Aaron Apps, Julie Hensley
39.3, featuring work by Kiki Petrosino, Elizabeth O'Brien, and Chase Burke
39.1, featuring work by Franny Choi, Jenn Scott, and Akemi Johnson
38.3, featuring work by Jody Azzouni, Melissa Barrett, and Anne Marie Rooney
38.1, featuring work by G.C Waldrep, Rosalie Moffett, and Peter Stenson
37.3, featuring work by Paisley Rekdal, Chloe Honum, and Zach Falcon
37.1, featuring work by Bob Hicok, Carl Phillips, and Leslie Parry 
36.3, featuring work by Ian Stansel, Michael Mlekoday, and J. Allyn Rosser 
36.1, featuring work by Chidelia Edochie, Eduardo C. Corral, and Traci Brimhall 
35.1, featuring work by Alexander Lumans, C.J. Sage, and Martha Collins 
34.2, featuring work by Nance van Winckel, Hailey Leithauser, and Carl Phillips 
33.2, featuring work by Melissa Kwasny, Seth Abramson, and Erika Meitner 
33.1, featuring work by Bob Hicok, Paisley Rekdal, and Sydney Lea 
32.2, featuring work by Stephen Burt, Peter Campion, and Chad Davidson
32.1, featuring work by Laura Kasischke, Jericho Brown, and Julianne Buchsbaum 
31.2, featuring work by Richard Powers, Linda Bierds, and Brenda Hillman 
31.1, featuring work by Alison Stine, Sarah Vap, and Katie Ford

Interviews should be double-spaced and between 6 – 12 pages.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us of this at the time of submission.
Reviews should double-spaced and be no more than 1,200 words. We are particularly interested in reviews of new books or prose or poetry that have been published within the last two years.