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 (short, 500 words max) that are sincere and honest and that send shivers down our spines.  Send us your best work.

Simultaneous submissions:  Encouraged, just notify us if accepted elsewhere.  

Response Time:  3–4 months.  Please be patient.

Requirements:  

  • Fiction & nonfiction:  500 words max.
  • Poetry:  1–3 poems.  500 words total (preference for shorter poems).
  • Art & Photography:  1–4 pieces.  Submit each piece as its own file (.tiff preferable).  Min. resolution: 300 dpi; max. file size: 45 MB.
  • Formatting: Manuscripts should have your name and be paginated and titled.
  • File naming:  Please use your last name. 
  • Due to submission volume, pieces that do not follow guidelines may not be read.

For the full submission guidelines and FAQ, go here. 

Cost:

We charge $3.  Why?  Publishing is expensive!  Just to give you an idea, Submittable charges a monthly fee and takes $1.14 of each submission.  And printing is expensive too. 

We want work that wows us, that moves—work that is genuine and sincere.  Send us your best.  


The theme of our Spring 2020 issue is "duality".  We want to see the two sides of things, the yin and yang, the good and bad, the heads and tails.  Show night and day, love and loss, birth and death.  Use the theme as a springboard.  We're looking for the meaningful.


Submission window:  Submissions open until April 9.  

Requirements:  

  • Poetry:  1–3 poems.  500 words total.  (Preference for shorter poems.)
  • Manuscripts must have your name and be paginated and titled.
  • Titling:  Please do not title the collection of poems you are submitting.  It gets very confusing.
  • File Naming:  Please use your last name.
  • Due to submission volume, pieces that do not follow guidelines may not be read.

For the full submission guidelines and FAQ, go here.   

We are looking for work that wows, that moves—work that is genuine and sincere.  Send us your best.

The theme of our Spring 2020 issue is "duality".  We want to see the two sides of things, the yin and yang, the good and bad, the heads and tails.  Show night and day, love and its loss, birth and death.  Use the theme as a springboard.  We are looking for the meaningful.
 
Submission window:  Submissions open until April 9.

Requirements:  

  • Fiction & nonfiction:  500 words max.
  • Manuscripts should have your name and be paginated and titled.
  • File naming: Please use your last name.
  • Due to submission volume, pieces that do not follow guidelines will not be read.

For the full submission guidelines and FAQ, go here. 

We are looking for work that wows, that moves—work that is genuine and sincere.  Send us your best.  

The theme of our Spring 2020 issue is "duality".  We want to see the two sides of things, the yin and yang, the good and bad, the heads and tails.  Show night and day, love and its loss, birth and death.  Use the theme as a springboard.  We are looking for the meaningful.   

 

Submission window:  Submissions open until April 9.    


Requirements:  

  • Fiction & nonfiction:  500 words max.
  • Manuscripts should have your name and be paginated and titled.
  • File naming: Please use your last name.
  • Due to submission volume, pieces that do not follow guidelines may not be read.

For the full submission guidelines and FAQ, go here. 

We are looking for work that wows, that moves—work that is genuine and sincere.  Send us your best.

The theme of our Spring 2020 issue is "duality".  We want to see the two sides of things, the yin and yang, the good and bad, the heads and tails.  Show night and day, love and its loss, birth and death.  Use the theme as a springboard.  We are looking for the meaningful.
 
Submission window:  Submissions open until April 9.

Requirements:  

  • Art & Photography:  1–4 pieces.  Submit each piece as its own file (.tiff preferable).  Min. resolution: 300 dpi; max. file size: 45 MB.
  • Titling:  Please make sure each piece has a unique title (otherwise it's very difficult to identify art/photos).

 For the full list of submission guidelines and an FAQ, go here. 

Toho Journal