wards is a literary journal based on its versatile title. Each issue invites writers to submit fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays based on a theme.

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.