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

Issue Theme: Borders

This issue welcomes submissions concerning the theme of “Borders.” We are particularly interested in work concerning immigration.

General guidelines:


  • Flash fiction and short stories accepted

  • Up to 3 submissions, no more than 5,000 words total


  • 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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