Thanks for considering submitting to us!

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 (We do not publish lined poetry.)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.

To get some idea of the kind of content we like, check out current and past issues.

We publish quarterly online. We have a reading period of six weeks for each issue. Here’s the schedule for upcoming issues:

April 1, 2020:  January 29-March 11.

July 1, 2020: April 29-June 10.

We do final acceptances for each issue shortly after then end of each reading period.

Here’s our calendar of reading periods


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.




Submit up to three pieces at a time. When you submit, wait one month before submitting again.

Please provide a brief (around 35 words and not more than 50) 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, but tend to prefer that each piece be a single, unformatted block of text.


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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