Submission  Guidelines

Short Hiatus:

As the editors of this publication are school teachers whose districts and families 

are currently in the process of figuring out how to handle the launch of the new school year, 

The Weight Journal is going on a short hiatus. 


While WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS, the next drop of accepted work will not be until mid-October.

We're looking for writing that has something honest to say. Something that releases the WEIGHT. 

(Read more about that here).

No topic is off-limits. This is not about being "school appropriate."

Don't be afraid. Submit!

  • To get a feeling for what we like, read through what we've already published, and take a look at this page.

  • We are always accepting new submissions from 9-12 grade students (home-schoolers are welcome).

  • We are publishing on a rolling basis (as we read, review, and accept new material, goes up about every two weeks).

  • Please submit works not previously published elsewhere (your personal website/blog/social media do NOT count).

  • Please include a short bio (100 words max) about yourself in the third person, including things like where you are, what you do, any past publications, hope and dreams, glass half full/empty. 

Example: Louise Beltcher is future National Book Award winning writer who currently spends her days writing, playing frisbee golf, and drinking way too much coffee. Her publications include The Last Dance Lit Mag, the Are We There Yet? Review, and The Rainbow Farts Journal. Even though she is only a sophomore, Louise is ready to move out of her small town in Nevada.

Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to 6 pages of poetry 

 Note: we don't publish a lot of rhyming poetry unless it's straight FIRE!


Slam Poetry: 1 video, under 8 mins

Flash Fiction: 1-2 pieces, up to 500 words each


Short Fiction: 1 piece at a time, max 2000 words


Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece at a time, max 2000 words


Hybrid: 1 piece 1 at a time, max 2000 words


Submit only one (1) genre at a time & wait to hear back from us before sending more.



We shouldn't have to say this, but works that are focused on promoting racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, or other forms of hate-filled ideas will not be published; however, pieces that respond to or fight against these ideas are fair game.

Email your submissions as a doc. or docx. attachment (not in the body of an email) to

By submitting you confirm that the work(s) submitted is original and of your composition. You grant The WEIGHT Journal first English-language electronic rights to display your work on our website and through social media. All other rights remain with you upon publication. If the piece is reprinted elsewhere, please be sure to acknowledge The WEIGHT Journal as its first publication.

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