Toho Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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.


  • 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. 


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. 

Toho Journal