Submission Guidelines

jmww is an online quarterly accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays. Please submit only once every 3 months (ie, per quarterly issue) and only in one submission category (ie, poetry or fiction, fiction or flash). We publish Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall issues in early January, April, July, and October, or thereabouts.

We allow simultaneous submissions on the assumption that you let us know if your submission has been accepted elsewhere. We try to respond to submissions within one to three months, and we read year round. Please proofread your work before submitting. It often is best to allow someone else (ie, a pair of fresh eyes, as the old cliché goes) to do so. We do not pay for accepted works at this time. Please note that we only consider previously unpublished works for publication.


Please submit only once every 3 months (ie, per quarterly issue) and only in one submission category (ie, poetry or fiction, fiction or flash). No previously published work.

Poetry: Please scroll down to view the guidelines for our 2014 Poetry Chapbook Contest. For regular submissions (beginning October 31, 2014), please submit submit four–six poems of no more than two pages each, that give us an idea of your voice and poetic strengths. We aim to publish poetry that contains solid, riveting images, is emotionally complex, and that yields meaning beyond what is merely personal, thus having implications for others and/or society. We do not publish religious-themed poetry unless there is a marked reason for including such images or references in the poem. We admire poetry that makes an impact, whether soft or brash, that is felt in the body while reading, that is thoughtful and carefully wrought. Although we tend toward publishing free verse poems, those that use form, repetition, and rhyme scheme with unique purpose and talent are welcome, as are experimental poems if they are emotionally resonant, in addition to being intellectual or analytical. When submitting, please be sure to include your full name, address, and email address on the first page of your submission, as well as a cover letter stating any past publications or other pertinent information.

Poetry Chapbook Contest

We are now welcoming submissions for our second poetry chapbook contest, to be judged by poet Claudia Emerson, recipient of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The winning poet will receive $500, plus 5 letterpress-cover copies of the chapbook.

Please submit 20-24 pages of poetry, accompanied by a table of contents and two title pages, by December 15, 2014. One of the title pages must have your name, address, and phone and email contact information. The other title page must only show the title and omit any identifying information. Please be sure that each poem in the manuscript begins on a new page and that your entry is submitted as one file. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we must be notified should the manuscript or one containing any of the poems in it be accepted elsewhere. The poems in the manuscript must not already have been published in chapbook or book form.

Entry fee: $15.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Fiction, Essays, Nonfiction: We accept works up to 15 pages double spaced, although 3000 words or fewer usually catches our eye. We like strong characters whose motivations are not always known to us but can be explained within the confines of common sense. We like surprise endings but not gimmicky ones. Any genre is accepted as long as the story is well-crafted. We have no requirements on nonfiction/essays except that they are cogent and are less than 5000 words.

Flash Fiction: We like our flash under 1500 words. Please read our last few issues to get an idea of our tastes. We also *love* the anthologies Sudden Fiction and New Sudden Fiction, edited by Robert Shapard; they are our Bible for flash fiction. Please read them if you haven't.

No deadlines nevermore! We read year round, although we usually take a week or two after the publication of each issue to rest our eyes. Send all your work and wordly possessions to our new online submission manager [[[[here]]]]].