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Great Ape

Literary Magazine







A literary journal for absurdist humor.

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Write something funny. Anything that makes us laugh goes to the top of the accepted pile. Hint: If reading it doesn’t make you at least smeyes, chances are that we are not interested in publishing it.


See "Humor". Poetry can be in any form, format, or length.

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

See "Humor". Creative nonfiction.

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Sub Genres: Humor

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See "Humor".

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  • Eligibility

    All marginalized creatorsLGBTQ+ creatorsWomen and other marginalized genders

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  • Additional info

    The best way to understand what we’re looking for is by picking up our previous issues and seeing what has been successful. We Like… puns; pithy jokes; dirty jokes; baths; clean jokes; satire; dark humor; levity, brevity, gravity, surprises; wordplay; surrealism; animals that can talk; animals that can’t talk; animals that can talk but choose not to; EVERYTHING that takes the ridiculousness of human existence as its central theme We Dislike… bad grammar; “your way” of using punctuation; misuse of the word irony; broken records; worn-out metaphors; ANY and EVERY joke, poem, or story that takes it as a given that one group of people are fundamentally better or worse than any other group of people (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, and all the other terrible -isms out there) We welcome submissions from everybody, but especially encourage authors bringing marginalized or underrepresented voices to the humor genre, including BIPOC writers, queer and non-binary folks, and women, to submit their work to Great Ape. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide feedback on all submissions.

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