10 May 2013

a to z presses: f – j

On Fridays throughout the Submit-O-Rama, the focus of Our Lost Jungle will be on great literary journals and presses seeking your work. For folks doing any of the challenges, by the end of the month we will have covered one journal per letter of the alphabet! That means, if you submit to all of the journals covered in the A to Z series, you’ll have submitted at least 26 times!

This week’s journals cover letters “F” through “J.” All ready? Let’s go!

Submit-O-Rama: A to Z Presses (F-J)

fwriction : review

About: fwriction : review is an online literary journal that seeks out writing that “either melts faces or rocks waffles.” fwriction publishes new pieces every Thursday. This should be particularly appealing to submitting authors, as it means a rolling reading period and what could be a relatively fast turnaround from submission to publication.

Submission Process: All submissions should include a short bio. Authors submitting prose should submit no more than one piece per submission; fiction and nonfiction submissions must be under 5,000 words. Poets may submit no more than five poems. The submission guidelines specify that while previously published material will not be considered, simultaneous submissions are fine. For more on fwriction’s submission guidelines, visit their Submittable Submission Manager page.

Reading Period: Reading and publication done on a rolling basis

Website: Visit fwriction : review online at www.fwrictionreview.com


About: Geist is a Canadian literary magazine “of ideas and culture” that strives to be “articulate, humorous and identifiably Canadian.” The journal seeks to foster an audience for new and established Canadian writers and artists.

Submission Process: Geist uniquely advises potential submitters to not only check out their archives but also to read George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” before submitting. Fiction authors may submit one short story at a time; non-fiction authors may submit one longer piece or two shorter pieces. Poets may send a maximum of five poems. Geist also accepts photography, art, critical essays, and “findings.” While Geist is open to simultaneous submissions, they do not accept previously published work; this includes work found on blogs or any other online venue. Submissions must be sent via postal mail. For more on Geist’s submission guidelines, visit their Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: Geist does not list a specific reading period, but they do note that authors should “wait 6-8 months before e-mailing to check the status of [their submissions]”

Website: Visit Geist online at www.geist.com


About: HOOT has one of the most creative publication concepts I’ve come across in a while. Accepted pieces are published on postcards. Postcards! They also publish some pieces online (1 piece per month in print form, 1-4 pieces online). This necessitates that the pieces published are short … but the concept is cool enough to wrangle up some short pieces to submit, don’t you think?

Submission Process: All prose must be less than 150 words. All poetry must be both less than 150 words and shorter than 10 lines. Book reviews are mostly published online, though some may be published on the back of a postcard when possible … and guess what? Still only 150 words. Authors may submit as many previously unpublished pieces as they like. For more on HOOT’s submission guidelines, check out their Submissions page.

Reading Period: Work accepted on a rolling basis, with an anticipated response time of anywhere from a month to six weeks

Website: Visit HOOT online at www.hootreview.com 

ink well magazine

About: Ink Well is “a collaborative online showcase for emerging talent in art, creative writing, and photography organized around a central theme.” Each volume has a unique theme meant to serve as “a guiding principle, rather than a creative limitation.”

Submission Process: Submissions must be related to the provided theme for the upcoming volume. Written submissions may be a maximum of 3,000 words. The upcoming theme (May/June) is Heroism. For more on Ink Well’s submission guidelines, visit their Submissions Guidelines page.

Reading Period: Ink Well does not list specific reading periods; however, the reading period for each volume tends to end toward the end of the first month listed (i.e. the end of the reading period for the January/February volume was January 21). Based on that, it is probably safe to assume the end of the reading period for Vol. 15 (May/June) would be between May 20-31

Website: Visit Ink Well Magazine online at www.inkwellmag.com


About: jmww is an online quarterly journal of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays. The journal is published each January, April, July, and October. The journal seeks poetry containing “solid, riveting images … that yields meaning beyond what is merely personal” and prose with “strong characters whose motives are not always known to us but can be explained within the confines of common sense” and “surprise endings but not gimmicky ones.”

Submission Process: Fiction, Essay, and Nonfiction writers may submit work up to 5,000 words; the editors note, however, that works of “3,000 words or fewer usually catches [their] eyes.” Poets may submit 4-6 poems of no more than two pages each. Flash fiction is preferred under 1,000 words. For more on jmww’s submission guidelines, check out their Guidelines page.

Reading Period: jmww reads year round, noting that they “usually take a week or two after the publication of each issue to rest [their] eyes”

Website: Visit jmww online at www.jmww.150m.com

Good Luck!


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  1. Khara, or anyone, I have a query about formatting. Has anyone had a problem with italicising in a submission's manager. I use Wordpad to obtain the single spacing I want, but that strips out formatting and when I try Control I, after pasting the poem into the manager, nothing happens.

    1. Margo, it tends to depend on which submission manager is being used. For some, the editors will recommend inserting the html code for italicization so they know it's supposed to be italicized (or so it will show as italicized when they view it on their end). In other cases, because it's a basic copy-and-paste manager, you unfortunately lose the formatting; in those cases, it's not 100% un-kosher to send an email to the editor letting them know that the submission manager stripped some formatting you would want preserved. Another option is to leave out the formatting, and wait until the piece is accepted; then, at the time of acceptance, you can notify the editor that there is some formatting that needs to be added.


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