FWJ publishes short stories and excerpts from novels, as long as the excerpt stands on its own as a literary work. We do not publish children’s literature, flash fiction, science fiction, horror, pornography, or nonliterary works. There are no set limits on length of a work, but manuscripts of less than 1,000 or more than 12,000 words are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission to a single story until you have heard from us.
FWJ publishes poems of any length, in traditional or experimental styles. However, poems longer than four pages are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission to one set of up to five poems until you have heard from us. Put all poems in one Word document with page breaks. Format each poem with respect to line spacing and indentation exactly as you want it to appear in print. If sending multiple pieces, please include the titles of your poems in the cover letter/biography field on the submission form.
FWJ publishes creative nonfiction, book excerpts, and essays, as long as they stand complete as a literary work. In our view, creative nonfiction is work that uses the techniques of fiction, such as characterization, setting, dialogue, and narration, to write about factual subjects. Successful creative nonfiction goes beyond the personal experience or anecdote to engage a larger world. We do not publish nonliterary material (self-help, inspirational, philosophy, op-ed, general humor, etc.). There are no set limits on length of a work, but manuscripts of less than 1,000 or more than 12,000 words are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission to a single manuscript until you have heard from us.
FWJ publishes black-and-white photography on our cover (12" x 9" wrapped from front to back) and inside each issue on single pages (6" x 9") as well as across spreads (12" x 9"). We determine placement. All tasteful subject matter will be considered. We do not match photography to the literature, but you may include a one-sentence caption with each photo. Please upload no more than ten high-resolution JPEG files per submission period. Files must be uploaded individually. In the cover letter/biography field, please provide the caption (optional) and the number of your submission (1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.).
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