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.

When you submit to wards, you get personal, detailed feedback. There are no form letters for acceptances, rejections, or prize winners.

For the current issue theme and submission guidelines, click here.