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Waxwing Literary Journal

Literary Magazine

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Nonfiction

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Poetry

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We strive to promote the tremendous cultural diversity of contemporary American literature, alongside international voices both in English and in translation.

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Highlights

  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    4 months*
    Editor reported data
     / 
    187 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
    5.26%*
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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

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

We don't have a word limit at this time, but we do prefer works of less than twenty double-spaced pages. Please note that novel chapters or excerpts should read well as stand alone pieces.

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary, Experimental

We also love flash fictions (<1,000 words)—send up to three flash fictions in one document.

Nonfiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Max pieces: 1

Please send one essay, memoir, or nonfiction excerpt at a time. While we're open to longer work, we typically publish essays under 6,000 words. Please note that book chapters or excerpts should read well as stand alone pieces.

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

We also love flash nonfictions (<1,000 words)—send up to three flash nonfictions in one document.

Poetry

Max pieces: 5

Art

Max pieces: 3

Translation

Submitters should follow the above guidelines that correspond to the genre they are translating. If your submission contains multiple pieces, please put all of them in one document for submission. Translation submissions should include the translated work in its source language, along with any permissions necessary to publish the work in both languages. Waxwing will ask translators for a “Translator’s Note” that contextualizes the work upon publication — please see previous issues for examples of what these notes look like.

Review

Book reviews and interviews are generally done by Waxwing contributing editors, but unsolicited reviews and interviews are sometimes accepted and published. All review and interview queries should be emailed to the editors.

Interview

Book reviews and interviews are generally done by Waxwing contributing editors, but unsolicited reviews and interviews are sometimes accepted and published. All review and interview queries should be emailed to the editors.

How to submit

  • Processs

    Submittable

  • Cover letter

    While they are optional, we prefer that you include a cover letter with your submission that tells us what you are submitting (titles and genre are helpful) and a short third person author bio. We like cover letters because we would like to know who you are, if we don’t already. But the information in your cover letter will have no bearing on whether or not your work is accepted for publication — that decision is driven solely by the writing you submit.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Prose: Double-space your manuscript and include page numbers. Art: Files should be JPGs or similar file type. Screen resolution at a size that displays the image well enough is fine — if an image is accepted for publication, we will ask for a higher resolution file.

  • Author's rights

    Waxwing requests first serial rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, although we will preserve your work online in our archives for the lifespan of the magazine. If the work is later republished, we request you note its initial publication in Waxwing. We also request the right to republish your work in future print anthologies and/or as promotional broadsides with author permission.

  • Additional info

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Tracker statistics

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Total submissions tracked

187 days

Average response time

5.26%

Average acceptance rate

3 days

Fastest response time

445 days

Slowest response time

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About

It is the editors’ belief that American literature is thriving, both in terms of aesthetics and cultural inclusiveness. Waxwing believes that American voices are, at their cores, both multicultural and multinational, and so the editors’ mission is to include American writers from all cultural identi...

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