Submissions for Issue 03 are open from Sept 1st through Dec 30th.

Issue Theme: Borders

This issue welcomes submissions from immigrants and first-generation citizens. Submissions can come from any nation, as long as you or your parent(s) immigrated there.

Please note: We can only accept submissions written in the English language. Translations are okay, but we can only publish the English translation and not the original, as we are unable to edit work in languages other than English. Check out this list of bilingual literary journals if you wish to submit work in Spanish, and this list of journals seeking work in translation for work written in a variety of languages other than English. Good luck!

General guidelines:


  • 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.

Simultaneous submissions are okay.

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

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