Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: Yay expressive writing!
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: The New Yorker, Sun Magazine, The Atlantic, Literary Mama, Tin House, Narrative, Ploughshares, and so many more!
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: My favorite writers are those who have a story to tell … whose voice can no longer be quieted … whether by the inner dialogue they have told themselves for decades or from those around them … for those who have been systematically ignored … whose parts may be broken, but their sum total is absolutely perfect … for they are courageous and vulnerable and willing to step outside of their comfort zone … because they can no longer stay silent. These are the writers I want to hear from, whether their writing is "finished" or “not.” This means that we love writers who are famous and published, as well as those just starting out and this is their first submission.
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Founded in 2020, The Journal of Expressive Writing is the first and only online literary journal to publish expressive writing, free writing, non-fiction, personal essay, memoir, reflective essay, poetry, prose, contemplative discourse, and creative non-fiction—all that originate from a writing prompt—by both established and emerging writers.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: We publish expressive writing, free writing, non-fiction, personal essay, memoir, reflective essay, poetry, prose, contemplative discourse, and creative non-fiction—all that originate from a writing prompt—by both established and emerging writers. We do not accept fiction. Word count is flexible, but the length should be no more than what can be generated in a 20-minute free-write. We accept submissions throughout the year on a rolling basis and we publish new content weekly. There is never a deadline, because we don't feel there is ever a deadline for creativity.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: The American writer, Louise deSalvo, said, "It’s not what you produce as you write that’s important; it’s who you become as you write that’s important." The ideal submission is true, heartfelt, and expresses something essential. Love. Belongingness. Healing. Despair. Moments that just have to be shared with the world!
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: We do not accept fiction, interviews or research pieces. Please see the submissions guidelines on the website.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: We do not care about cover letters, but we do ask for a brief bio.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: I read every single piece through to the end before making a decision.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: If people include websites, I might take a peek at those to get a sense of who the person is. But it's not at all a criteria for selection.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: I love publishing people's work! My inspiration for the Journal of Expressive Writing came from having the supreme honor of listening to hundreds of AMAZING stories over the past 5 years in my Women’s Writing Circles. During these circles, I watched as people wrote about hurts and aspirations. Regret. Adversity. Forgiveness. Sometimes, when people were feeling especially inspired, I got the privilege of listening to them as they wrote about their gifts and talents. Those were truly magical moments, not just for them, but for ME. I always left these circles feeling SO INCREDIBLY LUCKY that I got to witness not only people LOOKING for their voices, but FINDING them! And not only FINDING their voices, but generously and fearlessly SHARING their voices with the rest of us! This was the vision for the Journal—a place where I could publish these stories— AND other people’s stories—for the whole world to read, because what was written—in often just 5 or 10 minutes from a single prompt—was TRULY remarkable! I knew these stories NEEDED to be shared with the world, especially at a time when we were all so disconnected (literally and figuratively!) during the Covid-19 pandemic!
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: I try to make the submission process as easy as possible. Authors can submit directly from the Journal's website through an electronic form. I do promote the Journal of Expressive Writing on Twitter, but am against Facebook and Instagram, so you won't find social media accounts there. I always appreciate people spreading the word about the Journal to others who might like it!
Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?
A: Very minor edits only for punctuation, misspellings, etc.
Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?
A: Not yet!