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Journal Genres Published Accepts Electronic Submissions? Accepts Simultaneous Submissions? Reading Period Format

The editors encourage interested authors to read previous issues of Waccamaw before submitting. Our only clear editorial criterion is excellence. Beyond that, there are few things we can say to describe what we’re looking for. We value work that is mysterious, but not that which is needlessly obscure. We appreciate ambiguity, but not utter meaninglessness. We like clarity and do not equate it with simplicity. We believe writing devoid of image is devoid of art. We find that our aesthetic beliefs are undergoing constant revision.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 15 - Feb 15
No payment
War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities

We publish short fiction, poetry, personal essay/memoir, visuals, book reviews and scholarly essays for a general audience. From the Iliad to The Hurt Locker to The Things They Carried, war and art have reflected one another. It is this intersection of war and art that WLA seeks to illuminate.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Autobiography/Memoir, Flash Fiction, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, War
Washington Square Review

Washington Square is an innovative, nationally-distributed literary journal publishing fiction, poetry, and visual art by emerging and established writers and artists. Edited and produced biannually by the students of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program. Washington Square now also includes transcriptions of New Salon interviews that have taken place at the Lillian Vernon Writers’ House. In addition, a new Portfolio provides space for visual artists and photographers to display their work. The editorial staff has also committed themselves to a renewed focus on translation.

Poetry, Fiction
Yes Yes Aug 1 - Oct 15
Contributor copies only
Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream

The purpose of our very limited edition publication is to publish only poetry. We have been publishing regularly for 35 years. Our choices reflect our editorial tastes. We are open to new work. There are no ads.

Poetry Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature

A wayfarer is a wanderer whose ability to re-imagine the possible provides the compass bearings for those on their way. The Wayfarer’s mission is to chart the way for change by building and empowering a community of contemplative voices.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Jan 1 - Dec 31
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Healing/Health, Historical, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Nature/Environmental, Prose Poetry, Regional, Religious/Spiritual, Translation, War
Wayne Literary Review

The Wayne Literary Review is a yearly literary journal published in Detroit, MI, by Wayne State Press. We publish writing that inspires, experiments, and pushes language in new and interesting directions. We are edited by Wayne State University students and alumni and look to publish both established and emerging writers.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Yes Yes Aug 15 - Jan 31
Contributor copies only
Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Flash Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Journalism/Investigative Reporting, Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
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