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The Writing Disorder is a literary journal devoted to literature, art and culture. We are based in Los Angeles, CA. Each issue is published online and sometimes as an ebook. The mission of our journal is to showcase new and emerging writers – particularly those in writing programs — as well as established ones. We feature new works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art, plus interviews with writers and artists, and some reviews. Although we strive to publish original and experimental work, The Writing Disorder remains rooted in the classic art of storytelling.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2010

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionNo word count limits (our definition: up to 1000 words).
Short Story Short StoryNo word count limits (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayNo word count limits.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Personal.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; 5 - 8 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Humorous, Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork Artwork10 - 15 pieces.
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media, including: Cartoon/Comic strip, Photography.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment No monetary payment.

Submissions:

Method: Postal.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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The Writing Disorder Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the Most Unresponsive Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 15 reports from 14 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported13 min | 224.9 mean avg | 206.0 median | 490 max days (143.8 std dev)
Responses13.34 %
Acceptances6.67 % of submissions accepted (18.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 7.14 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections6.67 % (490.0 avg. days per rejection) | 100.0 % personal, 0.0 % form, 0.0 % unspecified
Non-Responses86.66 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded33.33 % (338.8 avg. days before reporting submissions as never responded)
Withdrawals53.33 % (146.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending15 responses are pending (6 min | 216.9 mean avg | 123.0 median | 875 max days waiting | 229.6 std dev) from 14 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 180 days. (60.0 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 180 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 180 days have passed.
Most recent response reported was received on 09 Dec 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 21 Nov 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2024
Last Audited: 25 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 05 Jul 2010

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