Submissions

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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

What we do:

We welcome previously unpublished written and any accompanying graphic material. Please use attachments in Word format and 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. Please write the genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) in the subject line of your submission email–this appropriate classification is not always clear to us.

We accept prose, poetry, memoir, documentary, humour and any other genre. Copyright remains with the author or artist. As we are unable to judge poetry which has been translated into English from another language, our editors will not accept such submissions. Translations of fiction or non-fiction pieces into English may, however, be accepted, and judged on the quality of the English used.

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 wait one edition before re-submitting. (Hence if accepted for the January edition, please wait at least until the subsequent June/July edition is online 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:

Read our ABOUT section to get a feel for what we’re looking for.

Submit your work! Only once per edition, though. As we stated above, your writing should be in the spirit of our ABOUT page, although we are not rigid about this (or much else.) We prefer that prose submissions not exceed 2500 words. Poets may submit up to three poems. More than one prose submission or three individual poems will not be read, as this is unfair to other writers. Very long poems are discouraged. The genre of the work submitted should be clear. Prose poetry and flash fiction are not separate categories.

We are unable to accept music or sound submissions ( for example, .mp3, .mp4, .ogg, or .wav) as there are limits set by WordPress for our level of account. Sorry!

Submit one prose piece and/or three poems as Word document(s) attachments or as text within the body of your email submission. Work in other formats such as Google Drive and .pdf or other formats are a nuisance to configure and transfer into Word and cannot be accepted. Please include your name, email address and a brief bio—no more than one hundred words—within your submission document.

Our submissions address is jonahmagazine@gmail.com.

Pseudonyms (noms de plume) are acceptable, but be sure to make it clear which name you wish to see published. 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 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 initials instead of full personal names are acceptable, if that is your preference.

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. We publish twice a year, so 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 let us know as soon as you can.

Authors may include graphic arts material which would be suitable as an illustration for their work, but it may not be included with your writing, and should be in what conventionally is called “good taste”, interpreted liberally, although exceptions can often be made in art.

There is no fee for submitting your work.

The next edition (JONAHmagazine #11) will be published January 15, 2020. 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 31, 2019. 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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