The Commonline Journal 17


Established in 2007, The Commonline Journal is an electronic literary journal of accessible poetry and discourse. Originally a hyperzine called "The Commonline Project", the journal was developed as an independent literary study under the supervision of the department of Society, Politics, Behavior, Change at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The Commonline Journal acquired its initial reputation by publishing realist poetry by emerging small press authors. Since inception our practice has been to emphasize low to medium-diction free-verse that is dramatic, graphic, succinct and well-crafted. Henceforth the journal has continued to publish writing that is exoteric and evocative in several forms. During the last decade we've published legends from the literary underground, hundreds of authors emerging through the world of webzines, people of letters and prestigious award winners. The journal features poetry and editorial from several Literary Editors, writing from dozens of Contributing Editors, and publishes unsolicited manuscripts submitted by the public at large.

The Commonline JournalUnited States
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G General 


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).
Visual Art Media:Open to all/most Art Media, including: Illustration, Cartoon/Comic strip, Painting, Photography.
Visual Art Styles:Open to all/most Art Styles.

Types & Lengths

InterviewUp to 4,000 words.
ReviewUp to 4,000 words.
EssayUp to 4,000 words.
PoemNo line limits known; Up to 4 pieces.
Flash FictionNo specific word count limits known (our definition: up to 1000 words); Up to 2 pieces.
Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words); Up to 2 pieces.
ArtworkUp to 4 pieces.
Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished irregularly.


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

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No OK OKText format submissions
V Visual Art OK No Unknown OKImage format submissions

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Date Added:
17 Sep 2007
Last Updated:
20 Apr 2017