Submissions for Issue 2 are open from April 1st through July 30th.

Issue Theme: Fire

We are especially interested in submissions from firefighters, wilderness managers, rescue crews, and their families; also anyone who has personal experience surviving a fire.However, Wards is open to all submissions related to the theme, including creative or non-literal interpretations of "fire."

A prize of $50 will be awarded to one author in each of the three categories:


  • Flash fiction and short stories accepted
  • Up to 3 submissions, no more than 5,000 words each


  • Up to 5 poems, no more than 15 pages total


  • Creative nonfiction and personal essays accepted
  • Submit only one piece, no more than 10,000 words

You may submit pieces for multiple categories. The maximum number of submissions per person, per issue is five. Example: 4 poems and 1 nonfiction, or 3 fiction and 2 poems.

The submission fee is $10, payable by credit or debit card.

Submission Form

All submissions that meet the guidelines will receive feedback. 

Our favorite submissions will be selected for publication in Wards. 

One author in each genre will receive a $50 prize.

Questions or concerns about submitting? Email