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The essentials up front:
Our submissions address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
JONAHmagazine is published twice yearly, on or a short time before JANUARY 15 and JULY 15, unless the Apocalypse arrives, in which case we expect to be off-line. Our next issue is our 18th.
The deadline for submissions for each edition is 3 months before the publication date, i.e. OCTOBER 15, and APRIL 15.
Your writing should be in the spirit of our THE WIND IN OUR SAILS page. Please read it to get a feel for what we’re looking for. We accept original, previously unpublished work, that is, English language prose, poetry, memoir, and non-fiction.
Copyright remains with the author or artist.
Translations of prose into English of high quality may occasionally be accepted. However, no poetry translations from another language into English are accepted.
You don’t pay anything to us for submitting your work. We don’t pay anything to you for your accepted work.
The fine print:
Please, please write the genre of your submission (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and so on, and there are plenty of so ons) in the email subject line. It’s sometimes hard to tell which category a submitted work falls into.
Include a maximum of 1 prose piece, (maximum 2500 words, please) and/or 3 poems in WORD (PC format) or PAGES (Apple format) as email attachments.
We don’t accept music or sound submissions. Very long poems are discouraged.
Include your name, email address, the genre(s), and a brief bio of no more than 75 words, (unless you’re James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, or Margaret Atwood, in which case there is no limit.) Only living writers may apply, which allows for Margaret Atwood, but neither of the others mentioned above.
Submit only once per edition– we’re easily confused. If your work is accepted, you will be notified by email several weeks before publication. If accepted, wait out one edition before submitting anything else. If accepted somewhere else, let us know as soon as you can. We’re not the jealous type, so we won’t hold it against you.
Pseudonyms (noms de plume) are acceptable, but be clear which name is yours and which is the pseudonym. We need the actual name of a real human in your submission. If your personal name and surname are ordered differently from the usual western fashion (personal name first, followed by middle name(s), if any, and then by your family name), please make this clear so that your name is displayed properly.
Using your initials for personal or middle parts of your name is quite acceptable.
If not accepted, don’t despair or feel intimidated. Submit the best writing you can. We are on your side (usually), trying to publish work of high quality, and your next submission might be exactly what we’re looking for.
Please be patient with us. If you submit early, be prepared to wait until close to the publication date for our acceptance letter.
Authors may include a drawing, painting, sketch or photograph (in pdf format) with their written material if they prefer, but it should be in what conventionally is called “good taste,” interpreted somewhat loosely, although exceptions can be made in the name of art. We won’t necessarily use it, though.
Any work submitted past the deadline will be added to the group of submissions for the following edition.
4 thoughts on “HOW to SUBMIT”
My name is Christopher Memme and I have short stories that I would like to be published. They are targeted for children and teenagers. They deal with self discipline and socialization. I am experiencing difficulty finding an area where my stories could be published. Please help me.
I express my gratitude.
I recently published a book of poetry which includes one piece that actually names Jonah. Like most poets, I,haven’t made the NY times best seller list yet, so wonder if you would consider the poem as a submission even though it has a certain limited circulation. Thanks. Isobel Cunnongham
I know this is a late reply to your question, but yes, we would like to see your poem. We prefer material which has not been published. Circulating it is part of what writers do.