Publishes 10–15 poems, 2–3 fictional stories, and 1–2 pieces of creative nonfiction each issue. We value #OwnVoices literature and equity in publishing. Our goal is to reflect a range of unique experiences and perspectives with each issue’s theme. Wards are watchers, wards are storied places, and warding is an act of defense or self-preservation. Wards possess a unique point of view, and are often isolated. Wards gives you a turn to tell your story. Each issue, we award a $50 prize to one writer in each genre.
Tips From the Editor
All issues ask writers to respond to a theme. Even-numbered issues (submissions open in the summer) allow for broad interpretation of the theme, whereas odd-numbered issues (submissions open in the winter) tend to ask for work informed by specific experiences or identities.
Unsolicited writing submissions are accepted, but unsolicited audio and video submissions are not.