Toho Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

**NOTE:  We are sorry (and amazed) to report that we have reached our Submittable account limit on free submissions.  We are working with Submittable to fix this; however, we may not have this issue fixed by the submission deadline.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.***

Philadelphia's Toho Publishing—in conjunction with Green Street Poetry and St. Michael's Lutheran in Kensington—presents Toho Journal.

Toho Journal publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (and some art and photography too!).  While we focus on Philadelphia, writers of all stages and geographies are invited to apply.

In ancient Japanese, toho means sword.  That sword cuts to the essential.  As such, we publish essential pieces (i.e., short, 500 words max—though going a little over is okay).

We are looking for essential pieces.  Pieces that are sincere and honest and that send shivers down our spines.  Pieces that speak to our very cores.  Send us your best work.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, just notify us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere via your Submittable account.  

Response Time:  We publish this journal twice a year—spring and fall.  Decisions for the fall edition will be sent out by October at the latest—please be patient!


  • NOTE:  You are welcome to submit to more than one genre; however, chances of being published in more than one written genre are (very) slim.  That said, we are always seeking artwork and photography, so please feel free to submit those as well!
  • Fiction & nonfiction:  500 words max.  
  • Poetry: 1 - 3 poems.  500 words max.
  • Art & photography:  3 - 5 pictures/artworks 
  • Manuscripts must be paginated.  Author names should NOT appear anywhere in their work (or in the file name).
  • We do not accept previously published work.


We charge $3 per submission.  Why?  Well, publishing a journal is expensive!  Just to give you an idea, Submittable itself takes $1.14 of each submission.  And printing is (really) expensive too.  Plus, our goal is to eventually pay both our contributors and editors.  These fees will (eventually) go to that too.

Toho Journal