our issue themes shine a light on human struggles

our writers navigate those struggles through poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction.

how is wards different?

every writer receives personalized feedback. there are no form rejection letters, no vague praise when you’re accepted for publication.

when you send your work out to sea, it will land safely on our shore. expect workshop-level critique and constructive criticism that you, the artist, will make of what you wish.

as a city by the sea, we welcome you, and we send you off with wind in your sails and a map to guide your literary journey.

that’s all we can offer for now; that, and a small cash prize for each genre every issue.

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what writers say about wards

After submitting to many journals, this was one of the most personal and helpful responses I’ve ever received from an editor. Thank you for making this a very human exchange. It does not go unnoticed.
— Stephen Briseno, poet in issue 02
It’s rare to have an editor apply the time and concentration to critique submissions and articulate that critique so generously. I’m deeply appreciative.
— Susan G. Duncan, poet in issue 02