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THEMA 140

About

THEMA, the theme-related journal, has three goals. One is to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary artists. The second is to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing. The third is to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of stories and poems.

Important: People outside the USA may submit electronically.
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1988

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 3 x per year.

Fiction Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Watch the Birdie!01 Jul 2021*6
Get It Over With!01 Nov 2021*0
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words); Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
No OK OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Nonfiction Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Watch the Birdie!01 Jul 2021*0
Get It Over With!01 Nov 2021*1
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayNo specific word count limits known.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Unknown payment Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
No OK OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Poetry Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Watch the Birdie!01 Jul 2021*4
Get It Over With!01 Nov 2021*3
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
No OK OK OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Visual Art Open

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media, including: Illustration, Photography.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles.
Topics:
Other (May vary, See guidelines).
Theme(s):
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Watch the Birdie!01 Jul 2021*0
Get It Over With!01 Nov 2021*0
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
No OK OK OKImage format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

THEMA Submission Statistics

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Dates

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2021
Last Checked: 16 Feb 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 29 Jan 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 25 Jul 2005

Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient, and persistent.