We are closed for submissions through May 1, 2019. Please make a note on your calendar to submit on or after May 1. Thanks!

Howie, Dale, & Laura

Submissions will now be accepted ONLY through Submittable. Please check out the guidelines below.


We seek prose poems and poetic prose. (We do not publish lined poetry.) Both traditional and innovative works are welcome. We want dark and disquieting, we want fanciful and funny, we want surreal and surprising. We want stunning and unusual imagery, and language that compels.

The editors of Unbroken seek poetic prose and prose poems that transcend the boundaries of conventional story-telling.  Of course, we believe that submissions should be coherent and intelligible, but also that coherence can be achieved through style, tone, imagery, and even transgressive methods. Linear narratives with predictable situations and language will be discounted. We want prose that smolders in the ditch.

To get some idea of the kind of content we like, check out current and past issues or read our interview with Jim Harrington.


We do not accept previously published works (including self-publishing and blogs). Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


We do not have a rigid word limit, but we tend to favor shorter, punchier pieces. If you send us something that’s more than 500 words, it really needs to knock our socks off.




Cover letters are not necessary. Please provide a brief (around 35 words) third-person bio. We reserve the right to edit bios. Please do not include live links in your bio.


Browse some of the published pieces in the journal to get an idea of our house style, and then format your submission in a similar manner. Do not supply line breaks. We are looking for blocks of text. Not necessarily opposed to paragraph breaks.


If your work is accepted, we may fix at our discretion minor grammatical problems. For anything more involved, you will be contacted for clarification. We are unable to provide feedback on work we do not accept.


If your work is accepted, you agree to give Unbroken Journal first serial electronic rights to your work and non-exclusive electronic and print rights in perpetuity. This means we can archive your work on our website indefinitely and include it in potential future publications and anthologies. Otherwise, all rights revert to the author upon publication.

If you publish the work elsewhere in the future, we ask that credit be given to Unbroken Journal for first publication.

We cannot pay our contributors at this time. We do, however, promote our authors on social media and nominate for The Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions anthologies. For past nominations, please see our Nominations blog category.


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