jmww is a literary journal publishing fiction, flash, poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, and other miscellany weekly. We are happy you found us!

We want to see your work, but don't be all stalkerish. Please submit only once every 3 months and only in one submission category (ie, poetry or fiction, fiction or flash). No previously published work, please. We want to be your first.  Also, please wait one month after acceptance or rejection to submit again. We love you, but we need our "me" time, too.

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 3000 words. We are also interested in flash nonfiction 1500 words or fewer.

Flash Fiction: We like our flash under 1500. 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.

Poetry:  Please submit up to 3 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 We do not publish religious-themed poetry unless there is a marked reason for including such images or references in a poem.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 analytic.  When submitting, do not include any identifying information on the pages of your submission.  We do not accept any previously published work, even if published on your personal blog or social media page. Our submission periods for poetry are March/April, July/August, and November/December of each year. Only one submission per author per period, max.      

Interviews: Got an author or book you'd love to share with the world? Contact our person for that, Jen Michalski (jen.michalski@gmail.com) with your pitch (and a sample of your previous work, although it's not entirely necessary). In fact, Jen would like to hear all of your ideas, for columns, for essays on craft or inspiration, your dreams, big and small, your superhero or stripper name. Please note we are no longer publishing book reviews.

Blended & Beyond... like your collection of best sweatshirts. Your neon pastel, robustly sequined, gaudily embroidered, and epically storied. Your Where did this even come from? Your hems that have definitely seen moth activity. This is a call for your polyblends. I think there's dried cookie dough on your sleeve... and I'm totally into it.Aged compost is my comfort zone. Sleeve-deep in sweet soil from the choicest scraps. Send your queering of institutional conventions. The blended-genre, beyond-genre, eclectic, lumpy, campy, grungy, normcore, dark pastoral, and tragicomic. Work that isn't an effort of emulation, but a trust placed in the mysterious arrival of a wholly new creative fertility seeding your wildly incubating belly. Or work that totally is an effort of emulation because great is great but you saw room for you. Or go simple. Go sloppy haiku. Just go. Go get it and send it to me.

If coming-of-age-y, try it through the bulgy eyes of a bedroom goldfish. If eco-something, decenter humanity and incite urgency. If fiction-ish, I don't need those perfect punchy endings. Don't put bows on gifts that distract me from your lovely repurposed wallpaper. In poetry, that ageless irreverence. Poetry as humble pottery.Let's see upcycled tropes,dry humor, juicymundane, andfibrous origins.The one you had to cut from your chapbook because it didn't fit the theme. Themes creep me out. I like being creeped out. I like being out.


This isn't to say I'm expecting experimental or avant-garde. You might be crawling towards the nearest genre's oddly placed desert phone booth. That's hot. It's not unrecognizable, but what's its new function for all those dangling wires? Are they braided? Nonlinear? Nonbinary? Morning mop? Puffy eyes? Puffy paint? Send. Just don't mistake this category for Pollock painting. Yours might be a million dollar masterpiece but our earnest Wordpress skills can't splatter words as beautifully as you can. An image might do the trick. But writing. Or writing beyond alphabets. In the end, a collection of the best sweatshirts from every era. Looking swell, smelling strange. No previously published work. I can only read so much before I have to go hide under a tree, so please limit to a few poem-ish things or a couple thousand words of prose-ish things, etc., etc.

$50.00

A 500-word broad overview of what's working and not working for us in your submission with suggested improvements. Submissions include (1) one story 3000 words or fewer or (2) a combination of flash pieces up to 3000 words. If we wind up accepting your piece, your money will be refunded.

$50.00

A 500-word broad overview of what's working and what’s not working for us in your submission. We’ll suggest improvements and also focus on suggested sentence-level edits, in addition to broader recommendations. Please submit (1) one story 1500 words or fewer or (2) flash pieces totaling 1500 words. If we accept your piece, your money will be refunded.

$25.00

A 500-word broad overview of what's working and not working for us in your submission with suggested improvements. Submissions include (1) one story 1500 words or fewer or (2) a combination of flash pieces up to 1500 words. If we wind up accepting your piece, your money will be refunded.

$100.00

A 500-word broad overview of what's working and what’s not working for us in your submission. We’ll suggest improvements and also focus on suggested sentence-level edits, in addition to broader recommendations. Please submit (1) one story 3000 words or fewer or (2) flash pieces totaling 3000 words. If we accept your piece, your money will be refunded.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES

 Please submit up to 3 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 a 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 analytic.  When submitting, do not include any identifying information on the pages of your submission.  We do not accept any previously published work, even if published on your personal blog or social media page. Our submission periods for poetry are March/April, July/August, and November/December of each year. Only one submission per author per period, max.   Also, please wait one month after acceptance or rejection to submit again. We love you, but we need our "me" time, too. 

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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.  In addition to no previously published work, please wait one month after acceptance or rejection to submit again. We love you, but we need our "me" time, too. 

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We like our flash under 1500. We think that Smokelong Quarterly publishes the best work out there, so if you think they'd like it, chances are we'll like it, too. We might even like it if Smokelong doesn't.  In addition to no previously published work, please wait one month after acceptance or rejection to submit again. We love you, but we need our "me" time, too.  

JMWW