Emrys Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Emrys Journal accepts online submissions every year from August 1 - November 1. We no longer accept mailed submissions. We are especially interested in promoting emerging writers and underrepresented voices.

All contributors will be notified within 10 weeks of the end of the submission period.

Prizes of $250 will be awarded to one selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We do charge a $3 reading fee to cover our costs for using Submittable. Please contact us at emrysjournaleditor@live.com, however, if the fee presents a hardship. We are also writers, and we understand that these fees add up.

Other bits of advice:

-We recommend reading the most recent issue of Emrys Journal to get an idea of what kind of work we like: http://www.emrys.org/bookstore/

-We allow multiple submissions, but please give us a chance to respond to one piece before sending us another one in the same genre.

-If you are writing a character outside of your own demographic, take a moment to look up Daniel José Older's "12 Fundamentals of Writing 'The Other' (and the Self)." It's worth a read.

Happy writing!

***Call for Submissions***

Emrys Journal 35th Anniversary Issue Theme: Laughter

This year we've been thinking a lot about humor. The frightening, surreal humor of Charles Simic, the biting humor of Z.Z. Packer. Gentle humor. Dark humor. Satire. Farce. Jokes that help you forget your problems, and jokes that help you face them. Comedy that is married to tragedy. Send us your best humorous work (whether or not it’s “ha-ha funny”).

"Make them laugh, and while their mouths are open, pour truth in."--Harold Clurman