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Literary Magazine










Arkana is the online lit mag of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program. We publish writing and art that makes visible the marginalized, overlooked, and silent.

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  • Response time:  / 
    134 days*
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental, LGBTQ+ Stories

REGULAR SUBMISSION. We love stories that share a new perspective, keep us awake at night, or otherwise pluck at our heartstrings. Micro Issue Submission: We're looking for polished fiction of up to 500 words.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

REGULAR SUBMISSION. Submit your personal essays, investigations, and counternarratives. We want to hear a strong voice full of local color. Ultimately, we want nonfiction that moves from an individual’s unique experience to greater universal resonance. Micro Issue Submission: Send us your essays, your memoirs, and your investigations of up to 500 words.


Max pieces: 3

REGULAR SUBMISSION. We are moved more by an aesthetic than by any particular trend or fashion in the world of contemporary poetry. We like beauty, music, and a personal interpretation of poetic forms. Micro Issue Submission: Submit up to five poems of ten lines or less.


Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Required: Original publication information Confirm publication rights are available If the piece is in the public domain, please let us know


Max pieces: 5

REGULAR SUBMISSION. Our art is published alongside literary work, and as such, we want images that speak to Arkana’s mission and aesthetic. Painting, sculpture, photography, needlepoint, or any type of visual art is welcome. Micro Issue Submission: Photographs or images to be published alongside literary work. Photographs and images should speak to Arkana's mission and aesthetic.


Max pieces: 5

See "Art".


Max pieces: 1

REGULAR SUBMISSION. Scripts: We’re committed to publishing genres not often featured in literary journals. Whether it’s a 10-minute play or a scene from a screenplay, we’re looking for polished scripts with compelling character motivation and innovative use of dialogue. No more than 20 pages per submission. Micro Issue Submission: Please submit scripts for the stage or screen that would last, if performed, five minutes or less.


REGULAR SUBMISSION. Illustrated Narrative: We consider anything that combines words with visuals in a way that pushes the boundaries of form and storytelling. This includes works of fiction, nonfiction, comic strips, poetry comics, or otherwise. Micro Issue Submission: please submit four panels or less of an illustrated narrative.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Cover letter with a brief biographical statement

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    double-spaced prose

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    We publish work by established and emerging writers unaffiliated with the University of Central Arkansas. All our writers’ work is considered for $50 Editors’ Choice Awards in each genre. Limit 1 submission per genre until you’ve received a response. While we accept submissions year-round, please note that our graduate students read during the school year, so you will experience longer response times over the summer. We are especially interested in work that explores the identities and experiences of writers from the Delta region, BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ+, women, disabled, and neurodivergent writers, the resource-poor, writers over 50, those who have experienced or been impacted by incarceration, or anyone whose voices have traditionally been silenced.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

134 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

457 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 1288 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

141 days

12-month average response time

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Arkana is the graduate-run literary journal of the University of Central Arkansas. This online literary magazine launched its inaugural issue in November 2016. Our publication is staffed and edited by students in the Arkansas Writers’ MFA Program and accepts submissions from artists worldwide. As p...

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    Editor Kathy M. Bates avatar

    Kathy M. Bates


    Editor Carrie Lee South avatar

    Carrie Lee South

    Fiction Editor

    Editor Janet Holmes Uchendu avatar

    Janet Holmes Uchendu

    Poetry Editor

    Editor Melanie A. Wilson avatar

    Melanie A. Wilson

    Creative Nonfiction Editor

    Editor Thomas E. Moran avatar

    Thomas E. Moran

    Script Editor

    Editor Sydney Austin avatar

    Sydney Austin

    Illustrated Narrative Editor