House Journal is a new literary magazine seeking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art for publication. Though we are open to reading any and all genres, we lean toward literary writing. We also have a soft spot for stories and poems with a strong sense of place as well as distinct and interesting character relationships. We are open year-round for submissions and publish two online features each month as well as one yearly print issue. We welcome both unpublished AND previously published pieces. Simultaneous submissions are also great. We only accept submissions through our Submittable. You may submit to each category listed on Submittable at the same time if you would like. Just please make sure to wait for a response before submitting to the same category again. If you have questions, please email us at housejournalstaff@gmail.com. Here are our guidelines:

Fiction and Nonfiction:

  • Please send us one short story, flash fiction, narrative essay, or novel except. You may submit to both our print issue and our online feature categories at the same time if you would like, but please wait until you hear a response before submitting to the same category again.
  • Submissions may be between 50 and 7,500 words.
  • Please use a standard 12 pt. serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) and one-inch margins. We would also appreciate if you could use double spacing.
  • .doc, .pdf, or .docx file formats please.
  • Please remove all identifying information.
  • Again, we will review all genres but lean toward literary works. We also particularly enjoy works with a strong sense of setting and interesting character dynamics.
  • For our online features, we pay $25 per piece. For our print issue, we pay $60 and one contributor copy.

Poetry:

  • Please send up to five poems in a single document. We are interested in all poetic forms. You may submit to both our print issue and our online feature categories at the same time if you would like, but please wait until you hear a response before submitting to the same category again.
  • For poetry, formatting is entirely up to you. We only ask that you remove all identifying information from the document and use a .doc or a .docx file.
  • For our online features, we pay $25 per piece. For our print issue, we pay $60 and one contributor copy.

Visual Art

  • Please send us one to seven pieces of art at a time. We are open to reviewing all mediums.
  • Any size or file type is good. If we need something different, we can shoot you an email.
  • We are especially interesting in place-based art or art that depicts some aspect of human connection.

House Journal is thrilled to announce our first themed contest. Please send us your fiction and poetry that somehow deals with the theme "heat." You are free to interpret this however you'd like--heat in setting, emotional heat, fiery characters, warmth, hot objects etc. 

  • Please send us one piece of fiction between 50 and 3,500 words and/or one to three poems.
  • Please remove all identifying information from the document. 
  • We are happy to review all genres and forms as long as they reflect the theme "heat" in some way. Simultaneous submissions are great! Just let us know if your piece is accepted elsewhere. 
  • The winner of this contest will be rewarded $100 and will be published in an online issue of House Journal.
  • This contest will officially close for submissions on October 31st. 

We are so excited to review your work! Please email housejournalstaff@gmail.com if you have questions. :)

House Journal is thrilled to announce our first Fiction and Poetry Contest! We are looking for short stories and stand-alone novel chapters as well as poetry. 

  • Please send us one piece of fiction between 50 and 7,500 words OR up to three poems. You may submit to both poetry and fiction if you would like, but please send them in separate submissions. 
  • If you are submitting fiction, please use a standard 12 pt. serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) and one-inch margins. We would also appreciate if you could use double spacing. If you are submitting poetry, you can format your piece however you see fit.
  • .doc, .pdf, or .docx file formats please.
  • Please remove all identifying information from your submission file. 
  • We are happy to review all genres, but lean toward literary works. We also particularly enjoy works with a strong sense of setting and interesting character dynamics. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are both great. Just please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and/or where it was published previously. 
  • The selected winners will be awarded $200 and one contributor copy of our print issue. There will be one winner for each category (fiction and poetry). 
  • This contest will officially close on November 1st. 

We look forward to reading your work! Please email housejournalstaff@gmail.com if you have questions!

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House Journal seeks visual art for our print and online issues.

  • Please send us one to seven pieces of art at a time. We are open to reviewing all mediums.
  • Any size or file type is good. If we need something different, we can shoot you an email. We are happy to review simultaneous submissions as well as previously published art. 
  • We are especially interested in place-based art or art that depicts some aspect of human connection.
  • We pay $40 for all selected visual art.

House Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for both our monthly online issue as well as our annual print issue. With expedited submissions, we will be sure to send you a response within seven days. We will consider your submission for both our online issue as well as the print issue unless you specify otherwise. 

  • Please send us one short story, flash fiction, narrative essay, or novel except OR up to five poems in a single document. You may submit to both our print issue and our online feature categories at the same time if you would like, but please wait until you hear a response before submitting to the same category again.
  • Submissions may be between 50 and 7,500 words, or up to five poems.
  • If you are submitting fiction or nonfiction, please use a standard 12 pt. serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) and one-inch margins. We would also appreciate if you could use double spacing. If you are submitting poetry, you can format your piece however you see fit.
  • .doc, .pdf, or .docx file formats please.
  • Please remove all identifying information.
  • We are happy to review all genres, but lean toward literary works. We also particularly enjoy works with a strong sense of setting and interesting character dynamics. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are both great.
  • For our online features, we pay $25 per piece. For our print issue, we pay $60 and one contributor copy.

We are so excited to read your work! Please email housejournalstaff@gmail.com if you have questions!

House Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our annual print issue. 

  • Please send us one short story, flash fiction, narrative essay, or novel except OR up to five poems in a single document. You may submit to both our print issue and our online feature categories at the same time if you would like, but please wait until you hear a response before submitting to the same category again.
  • Submissions may be between 50 and 7,500 words, or up to five poems.
  • If you are submitting fiction or nonfiction, please use a standard 12 pt. serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) and one-inch margins. We would also appreciate if you could use double spacing. If you are submitting poetry, you can format your piece however you see fit.
  • .doc, .pdf, or .docx file formats please.
  • Please remove all identifying information.
  • We are happy to review all genres, but lean toward literary works. We also particularly enjoy works with a strong sense of setting and interesting character dynamics. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are both great.
  • For our print issue, we pay $60 and one contributor copy.

We are so excited to read your work! Please email housejournalstaff@gmail.com if you have questions!

House Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our monthly online issue. 

  • Please send us one short story, flash fiction, narrative essay, or novel except OR up to five poems in a single document. You may submit to both our print issue and our online feature categories at the same time if you would like, but please wait until you hear a response before submitting to the same category again.
  •  Submissions may be between 50 and 7,500 words, or up to five poems.
  • If you are submitting fiction or nonfiction, please use a standard 12 pt. serif font (such as Times New Roman or Garamond) and one-inch margins. We would also appreciate if you could use double spacing. If you are submitting poetry, you can format your piece however you see fit. 
  • .doc, .pdf, or .docx file formats please.
  • Please remove all identifying information.
  • We are happy to review all genres, but lean toward literary works. We also particularly enjoy works with a strong sense of setting and interesting character dynamics. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are both great. 
  • For our online features, we pay $25 per piece. 

We are so excited to read your work!

House Journal