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Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith

Literary Magazine


Flash Fiction







For over a decade, Relief has helped shape the landscapes of faith and imagination for readers around the world. In our annual print journal, we feature fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative, and reviews.

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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

    From the editors


  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

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

Fiction - 8000 words max

Max words: 8000

Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $

Relief seeks fiction of high literary merit that takes the struggles and joys of our everyday lives seriously. We prefer to work with shorter pieces.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Submission fee: $

In fact, flash fiction often has a better chance with us.

Nonfiction - 5000 words max

Max words: 5000

Max pieces: 3

Submission fee: $

We don't want memoirs or devotionals so much as exploratory essays with an emotional arc that may or may not be narrative. Creative Nonfiction should not exceed 5,000 words, though in general, we prefer to work with shorter pieces.


Max pieces: 5

Submission fee: $

We tend to like poetry that engages with authentic spiritual, emotional, and social experience with a good ear for the music of language. Poetry should not exceed 1,000 words.


Submission fee: $

No specific limitations


Submission fee: $

We are happy to consider short graphic narratives for print or web. The dimensions of our print journal are 8.5” by 5.5”.


Submission fee: $

We are happy to consider short graphic narratives for print or web. The dimensions of our print journal are 8.5” by 5.5”.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

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  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

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  • Author's rights

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  • Additional info

    The best submissions come from those who have read our back issues and understand our mission. Above all, we seek works of artistic excellence. Wait until you receive a decision on a submission before sending a second (or third or fourth) submission. You certainly may submit to Relief again, but only one submission per genre at a time, please. Please wait one year if you’ve been published in the previous issue before submitting again. Payment. Authors of accepted work will receive a complimentary contributor’s copy. One piece from each genre (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) will be selected for the Editor's Choice Award. Recipients will receive two contributor’s copies.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

897 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

155 days

Fastest response time

1483 days

Slowest response time

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    Editor Daniel Bowman, Jr. avatar

    Daniel Bowman, Jr.


    Editor Kia Apple avatar

    Kia Apple

    Managing Editor