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.

THEME:  There's no theme for the fall/winter 2020 issue.  We welcome all submissions.  Offer us a glimpse into how you've been artistically processing these unprecedented times—or give us an escape into something else entirely.  We are simply looking for your best, most inspirational, most candid, open, wrenching, moving, and engaging work.  WOW us.

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

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

Requirements:  Please read the following carefully.  Due to submission volume, pieces not following guidelines may not be read. 

  • Fiction & Nonfiction: 500 words max. 
  • Poetry: 1–3 poems. 500 words in total (preference for shorter poems).
  • Art & Photography: 1–4 pieces, .jpg or .tiff (.tiff preferable).  Submit each piece as its own file.  Min resolution: 300 dpi; max file size: 45 MB.
  • Formatting:  Manuscripts should have your name, submission title, and page numbers.  
  • File naming:  Please use your last name.
  • Make sure you're submitting to the proper genre.  Miscategorized pieces may not be read.
  • NOTE:  The online and print journal are separate and exclusive.  If you are published in one, you will not be published in the other.
  • Finally, we welcome all writers and particularly seek to be a welcoming space to BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers of all marginalized identities.

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