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Rose & Thorn Journal 29

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Rose & Thorn seeks to bring the voices of emerging and established writers to a discerning audience. We strive to reflect a diversity of style, content, and perspective in the short-fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry showcased each quarter in Rose & Thorn Journal. Our goal is to provide readers with a variety of resources that offer insight into the writing process and writing life. Through the postings at our blog, “Roses & Thorns,” we endeavor to convey what motivates the writer to create as well as the passion that sustains him or her in the craft. It is our love of the literary arts and respect for the creative process that compels us to provide a place of exchange and inspiration for the poet and author.
FICTION: Fiction works should exhibit technical skill, dynamic characters, strong narrative voice, and provide readers with a compelling, thought-provoking experience.
NONFICTION: Creative non-fiction should exhibit a distinctive voice that conveys factual accuracy in a literary style that entertains and informs readers without coming across as didactic or preachy. Forms include, but are not limited to, memoir, essay, satire and parody, literary diaries, and literary journalism.
POETRY: Rose & Thorn Journal welcomes emerging and established poets whose verse exhibits technical skill, distinctive style, lyric intensity, and is thematically fresh and substantive. Adjective stacking doesn’t make a poem better, but we do like strong, vivid images. Please avoid trite imagery like: “Our hearts beat as one; our lips joined in passion.” While we prefer shorter poems, consideration is given to longer works if they meet the above criteria. Also, forms are welcome if they do not contain obtrusive rhyming.

Rose & Thorn JournalUnited States


G General 
A Action-AdventureOpen to all/most Subgenres.
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
R RomanceOpen to all/most Subgenres.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
T Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.


Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms, including: Short poetry.
Styles:Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Satirical.

Types & Lengths

Essay Essayno specific word count limits known
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionno specific word count limits known
Poem Poemno line limits known
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 3,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 2 x per year


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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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions

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  • 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.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


Date Added:
11 Jan 2006
Last Updated:
31 Dec 2012