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WayWords Literary Journal The Writer's Workout

This journal invites works from writers around the world in all stages of their writing career. We're looking for fresh, inspiring pieces; give us chills, fill us with awe. Show us all sides: your home is here.


Issues are themed; fiction (up tp 5,000 words) or poetry (limit two per writer).

This journal also accepts CNF tribute pieces on any topic under 5,000 words through a separate tribute call. Please note the Title Information for tribute pieces requires the word "Tribute".


Submissions
must include this Title Information in this order at the top of the document body, aligned left:

Name or Pseudonym, email
Entry Title
WayWords
Word or Line Count


Submissions without correct Title Information as listed above will be rejected unread.
Submissions including fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content will be rejected unread.
Please do not submit AI-generated content.
Please try to avoid subjects of abuse and suicide. Recovery pieces are welcome!


Please visit our website to explore our other publications, competitions, and resources.


Rights:
WayWords requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you're welcome to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it.


This journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

Quick Links to Open Calls:

Issue 15: theme of nostalgia Free Tip Jar Option

Open

Closes on Monday, May 20, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 37 days)

Issue 15 invites writers to explore themes of "nostalgia" in poetry or fiction.


Editors' advice: harken back to days gone by and show us the happy moments of the past.
Send fiction (up to 5,000 words) or poetry (limit two per writer).
SPECIAL NOTICE: PLEASE do not send us hate crimes, even if you think the story has a happy ending.

Title Information is required in the order listed, at the top of each piece, aligned left:

Name or Pseudonym, email address
Entry Title
WayWords
Word or Line Count


Submissions without correct Title Information as listed above will be rejected unread.
Submissions including fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content will be rejected unread.
Please do not submit AI-assisted content.
Please try to avoid subjects of abuse or suicide. Recovery subjects are welcome!


Please visit our website to explore our other publications, competitions, and resources.


Rights:
WayWords requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you're welcome to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it.


This journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

Tribute Section Free Tip Jar Option

Open

Closes on Wednesday, November 20, 2024 11:59 PM UTC (in 221 days)

This call is for tribute pieces in Creative Nonfiction, up to 5,000 words.

Submissions will be collected at the end of each issue call on the 20th of February, May, August, and November for the corresponding issue but the call will remain open indefinitely.


Title Information is required in the order listed, at the top of each piece, aligned left:

Name or Pseudonym, email address
Entry Title
WayWords TRIBUTE
Word or Line Count


Submissions without correct Title Information as listed above will be rejected unread.
Submissions including fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content will be rejected unread.
Please do not submit AI-assisted content.
Please try to avoid subjects of abuse and suicide. Recovery subjects are welcome!


Please visit our website to explore our other publications, competitions, and resources.


Rights:
WayWords requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you're welcome to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it.


This journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

Issue 16: flash fiction

Temp Closed

Opens on Monday, July 1, 2024 12:00 AM UTC (in 78 days)

Issue 16 invites writers to try flash fiction with an open theme.


Editors' advice: show big emotions in micro moments using few words.
Send up to 250 words of fiction.


Title Information is required in the order listed, at the top of each piece, aligned left:

Name or Pseudonym, email address
Entry Title
WayWords
Word or Line Count


Submissions without correct Title Information as listed above will be rejected unread.
Submissions including fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content will be rejected unread.
Please do not submit AI-assisted content.
Please try to avoid subjects of abuse and suicide. Recovery subjects are welcome!


Please visit our website to explore our other publications, competitions, and resources.


Rights:
WayWords requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you're welcome to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it.


This journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

Issue 17: theme of kindness

Temp Closed

Opens on Tuesday, October 1, 2024 12:00 AM UTC (in 170 days)

Issue 17 invites writers to explore themes of "kindness" in poetry or fiction.


Editors' advice: kindness comes in all shapes and sizes; show what happens when characters express kindness.
Send fiction (up to 5,000 words) or poetry (limit two per writer).
SPECIAL NOTICE: PLEASE do not send us hate crimes, even if you think the story has a happy ending.

Title Information is required in the order listed, at the top of each piece, aligned left:

Name or Pseudonym, email address
Entry Title
WayWords
Word or Line Count


Submissions without correct Title Information as listed above will be rejected unread.
Submissions including fanfiction, religious, political, or erotic content will be rejected unread.
Please do not submit AI-assisted content.
Please try to avoid subjects of abuse or suicide. Recovery subjects are welcome!


Please visit our website to explore our other publications, competitions, and resources.


Rights:
WayWords requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.
We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you're welcome to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it.


This journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

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