Inkwell Journal, a literary journal published through the MFA program at Manhattanville College, seeks your creative nonfiction/memoir, cross-form, graphic narrative, fiction, poetry, and visual art. We are interested in both established and new voices, including voices that have been historically underrepresented. The 2020 submissions period for cross-form, graphic narrative, fiction, poetry, and visual art will be from August 15 to October 15. Submissions for creative nonfiction are open until October 31. Publication will be in Spring 2021.  

When submissions open, you will find guidelines for each form in the portals below. For full guidelines visit our website.

For Issue 36, we are considering both general submissions and submissions on the following theme . . . 

Resilience:  The capability of a strained body to recover its form; or an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. 

Please send one submission only, in any form. Additional submissions may be declined without review. We would like to see unpublished work only.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately if your piece is taken elsewhere! Thanks. Also: it is helpful to include your name and contact information, and for prose, the word count on the first page of your document.

For fee-free submissions, submit early in the month. We are humbly grateful for contributions to our Tip Jar, which help keep submissions free for those who need it. But to manage costs, we must take Tip-Jar-only submissions when volume reaches a certain level each month. Tip Jar submissions are not given special consideration. We review submissions in the order they are received. 

Want to find out whether your work is a good fit for us? The best way is to read a sample issue! Order our current issue here. Back issues of Inkwell Journal are also available. To order (after delving into listings of the contents, a wealth of poetry, prose, and visual art dating back to 1995), visit our website.

Resilience: The capability of a strained body to recover its form; or an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change.

We will read general submissions as well as themed submissions. Send one piece of unpublished work per submission period. Additional submissions may be declined without review.   

We have no set maximum or minimum length, though most of the prose we publish is between 3,000-6,000 words.  

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