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. expect workshop-level critique and constructive criticism that you, the artist, will make of what you wish.

we also offer a small cash prize for each genre every issue.

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. meanwhile, your words become the light we shine out on the world.

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