a literary journal
wards is a literary journal based on its versatile title. Each issue invites writers from different, specific demographics to submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and research articles.
Our goal is to reflect a range of unique experiences and perspectives with each issue’s theme. Wards are watchers, wards are storied places, and warding is an act of defense or self-preservation. Wards possess a unique point of view, and are often isolated. wards gives you a turn to tell your story.
wards is currently published in digital format. each issue is available as a free .pdf download.
For the current issue theme and submission guidelines, click here.
Winter 2017-18 Issue: Foster
Summer 2018 Issue: Fire
Spoiler alert: We don't have any past issues yet. That's why it's so important to submit and share with others who can contribute to the theme!
Since we have no past issues, you can look ahead to our next two themes. It's never too soon to start writing and revising!
Open to current and past foster children; also to foster adults; anyone considered a ward of the state.
Open to firefighters, including municipal firefighters, wilderness managers, and rescue crews; and their immediate families.
Open to immigrants and their children; also to border personnel, and residents of border towns.
hint: Don't overthink the theme. It should not limit your creativity. You are more than a foster kid. You can write about whatever you'd like. Whether it directly has to do with your personal experiences or not is up to you. You will receive feedback on your writing, whether or not we choose to publish you.