We will re-open with a general call for submissions in the early part of 2019! Check back or keep up with our announcements by following us on social media!

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. We are looking for submissions on any theme to appear in our third issue, which will be a SPRING 2019 issue, set for publication in April next year (we now publish twice a year!). 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.

Submissions are currently closed. Look for ISSUE 2 (2018) on November 19th!

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 poems together in a single document for submission;

  • send only work that is previously unpublished, including on personal blog sites;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;

  • 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;

  • we accept the following file formats for your attachments: Word doc and docx; please do not send a pdf;

  • we obtain nonexclusive English world rights for digital publication and maintain an archive of previous Issues;

  • we nominate our poets and writers for various awards, including the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets;

  • we do not accept work from faculty, staff, current students, or alumni of Woodbury University who have graduated in the last three years;

  • if we have published your work in one of our issues, kindly wait a year (skip an issue) before submitting to us again;

  • please only submit ONCE during any given open submissions window; you can resubmit something else for the following issue should your work not be accepted;

  • please submit work to our Submittable page only; we no longer accept submissions by email or read anonymously;

  • if you need to withdraw a poem or a story or an essay from consideration (for instance, because it’s been accepted elsewhere), please do so via Submittable;

  • ******We are now CLOSED for submissions****** We invite you to come back and check in for our next submissions window, opening in early 2019!