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.

The New Essay, a new online series from The Journal, seeks well-crafted essays between 2,000-4,000 words. Ideally, we're looking for essays that blend the personal and political, essays that feel urgent and necessary. We're especially seeking work from marginalized voices, including disabled writers, writers of color, and writers from the LGBTQ community. We'll be publishing one essay each month, and we look forward to seeing your best work. 

All work submitted to The New Essay will also be considered for publication in the Nonfiction section of The Journal. 
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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.


Our newest issue, 40.1, is now available! Featuring poetry by Mary Ann Samyn, fiction by Julie Hensley, nonfiction by Aaron Apps, and artwork by Boryana Rusenova-Ina.

To see who else is in our Winter 2016 issue, visit our table of content.

$ 8.00
$ 8.00

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:
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

$ 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:
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

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. 

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.

Fiction submissions are closed between May 1 and August 15.
All nonfiction submissions should be double-spaced. We are happy to consider long and short essays, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish essays longer than 6,000 words.

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.

All work submitted to Nonfiction section of The Journal will also be considered for publication in our monthly online essay series, The New Essay. 

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 publish photo essays in our online issues. Please send a collection of photos that shows curatorial intent and direction along with an introduction of up to 250 words contextualizing the work. 

Send a PDF document that includes the images and text in a single file. You can visit our online archives to preview the type of work we've accepted in the past.

We offer a monetary payment of $100 upon acceptance.

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.


We’re interested in visual art of all media and offer $100 upon acceptance. We are looking for a cohesive suite of work that demonstrates a clear point of view. Please send 6 – 10 pieces of art 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.


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.