At MORIA, we believe the power of words has been and forever will be. We want to encounter writing that makes people think; poetry and story and memoir that generate questions; ideas and obsessions that spark hearts as well as break them. Currently, we have both a themed call and an open call for submissions of poems, short fiction, and short creative non-fiction to appear in our second issue, which will go live at the end of November. While we accept all styles — including experimental, hybrid, and conventional forms — we aren’t interested in submissions of light verse, genre fiction, and any piece that references gratuitous violence or exploitative sexual imagery. We’re committed to publishing a diverse range of poets and writers. In our debut issue (2017), 73% of our authors are women and 24% are writers of color. We also published pieces from writers in their 20s to writers in their 70s — and every decade in between — which we think is right and necessary and which doesn’t happen side-by-side as often as it should in the world of literary zines and journals.

We welcome work from traditionally under-represented groups, including women writers, indigenous writers, writers of color, writers who identify as LGBTQ, and writers with disabilities.


MORIA, a national online literary magazine of Woodbury University, is seeking submissions for our next issue, which will include a themed section on FOOD. We are looking for three-to-five poems, short pieces of non-fiction (1,500 words), and short stories (1,500 words) that are centered on and around food. Talk about the importance of food, a world without food, your favorite food, or food as metaphor—“if music be the food of love play on,” anyone? We want to crave your words, ingest your ideas, and over-indulge in your whimsy. We are also accepting general submissions (un-themed), as usual.

Submissions open from March 30th to August 30th.

We ask that you adhere to the following set of guidelines when presenting your work for submission to Moria:

  • send three-to-five poems; or one piece of fiction of 1,500 words or less; or one piece of creative non-fiction of 1,500 words or less;
  • gather pieces together in a single document for submission and submit this document as an email attachment;
  • send only work that is previously unpublished, including on personal blog sites;
  • include a cover letter in the body of the email that makes note of the title(s) of the work and offers a brief bio, written in the conventional third-person style; please indicate in your cover letter whether you are submitting to the themed (FOOD) call or the general, un-themed call;
  • note in your cover letter whether the work you are sending is a simultaneous submission (we accept circulating manuscripts but ask that you inform us by email as soon as possible if any of your submitted pieces are accepted elsewhere);
  • make sure poetry is single-spaced (unless the form demands otherwise) and prose is double-spaced; arrange only one poem per page;
  • submit work that is free of names and any other identifying information (we read submissions anonymously and match the titles of your pieces to your cover letter only later);
  • we accept the following file formats for your attachments: doc and docx; please do not send a pdf;
  • we obtain first North American serial rights for publication, after which the rights revert to the author;
  • we nominate our poets and writers for various awards, including the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net;
  • we do not accept work from faculty, staff, current students, or alumni of Woodbury University who have graduated in the last three years;
  • we are OPEN for submissions as of March 30, 2018, and our current deadline for submissions is August 30, 2018. Send us your best stuff now!

Please submit work to our email address: