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The Commonline Journal is an independent literary arts source publishing accessible writing and art apropos the experience of the underclass—hence "Commonline." Originally titled colloquially ‘The Commonline Project,’ CLJ began in 2007 as an experimental personal journal. Since then we've published writing by Pulitzer Prize winners, independent press award winners, poetry slam champions, hip hop artists, and standouts from the small and independent presses, in addition to broadening our focus to include visual art, literary and cultural criticism.

The Commonline JournalUnited States
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Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
N Temporarily closed to nonfiction submissions. 
P Temporarily closed to poetry submissions. 


G General 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience, including: Specific group.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Literary, Personal.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Education/Pedagogy, Literature/Books (General, Theory/Analysis/Criticism), Memoir, Music, Society/Culture (General, Social issues), Visual Arts, Other (See guidelines).

Types & Lengths

I Interviewno specific word count limits known
V Reviewup to 1,500 words
Y Essayup to 3,000 words
P Poemno line limits known; up to 2 pieces
F Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words; up to 2 pieces
S Short Storyno specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words); up to 2 pieces

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished irregularly


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionN No monetary payment
N NonfictionN No monetary payment
P PoetryN No monetary payment

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No OK
N Nonfiction OK No No OK
P Poetry OK No OK OK

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Date Added:
17 Sep 2007
Last Updated:
23 Sep 2016