Submissions

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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

What we do:

We publish twice a year, in January and July. We welcome previously unpublished written and any accompanying graphic material. We accept prose, poetry, memoir, and non-fiction. Copyright remains with the author or artist. We don’t accept poetry  translated into English from another language. Translations of fiction or non-fiction pieces into English may, however, be accepted, but the quality of the English used is what will be judged.

As it is our mission to offer a vehicle to as many new writers as possible, we ask writers whose work has been accepted for publication by JONAHmagazine to skip the next edition before re-submitting.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive (and we are a volunteer-run organization) only writers whose work has been accepted will be notified, and by email.

We don’t pay anything for your work.

What you do:

Our submissions address is jonahmagazine@gmail.com.

Read our ABOUT section to get a feel for what we’re looking for. Your writing should be in the spirit of our ABOUT page.

Please mention the genre of your submission in the email subject line. It makes life easier for us, and it’s not always an easy differentiation to make. Submit one prose piece (maximum 2500 words) and/or up to three poems in Word format attachments or as text within the body of your email submission. Include your name, email address, the genre(s) of your submitted material, and a brief bio (no more than one hundred words) within the body of the submission text.

Submit your work, but only once per edition.  Very long poems are discouraged. Prose poetry and flash fiction are not separate categories, but are included in the fiction category.

We are unable to accept music or sound submissions.

Pseudonyms (noms de plume) are acceptable, as long as it’s clear which name is yours and which is the pseudonym. . We do, however, need the name of an identified human in your submission, even if we don’t post it with your work (if such is your preference). We like to know that there is a real person at the other end of our interactions. 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), we respectfully ask you to make this clear so that your full name can be displayed properly. Using your initials instead of full personal names is quite acceptable.

If not accepted, don’t despair or feel intimidated. Submit the best writing you can. We are on your side, 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. If your submitted work is accepted by another publication, please be courteous and let us know as soon as you can.

We usually try to find a photo to accompany the works we publish. Authors may include a drawing, painting, sketch or photograph with their written material if they prefer, but it should be in what conventionally is called “good taste”, interpreted liberally, although exceptions can often be made in the name of art. We won’t necessarily use it, though.

There is no fee for submitting your work.

The next edition (JONAHmagazine #14) will be published January 15, 2021. We tend to get a bit frazzled and lazy at certain times of the year, so this may change with the editors’ personal circumstances. The deadline for submissions for the next edition is: October 15, 2020. Any work submitted past the deadline will be added to the group of submissions for the following edition.

2 thoughts on “Submissions”

  1. 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

    1. 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.

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