Anser Journal


Anser Journal is currently closed for submissions! Please see our note at the bottom of this page.

What we like: Quality work that’s genuine, emotional, meaningful, and provocative. We love strong emotional centers that are fleshed out and show nuance; we want something that will take our breath away and fill us with nostalgia, wonder, or poignancy.

What we don’t like: The dull, insipid, and lackluster. There’s nothing wrong with plot, but we’d rather have a 50-word story describing a single moment with emotional heft than a 2000-word dry, uninspired narrative of plot points.

What we don’t care about: There’s no theme to conform to, no set format or template to follow. We’re willing to take a chance on something experimental, but for a better idea of existing prose we like, read Alex Perez’s Freedom and Aluna Brogdon’s Year 2000. For poetry, check out Paige Lewis’ The Moment I Saw a Pelican Devour, James Tates’ The Cowboy, and Ocean Vuong’s Because It’s Summer. Our favorite authors currently include Ocean Vuong, Franz Kafka, Frank O’Hara, Haruki Murakami, and Sylvia Plath.

Our submission guidelines:

Short Story, Journalism, Creative Nonfiction/Memoir, Personal Essay: Short stories, journalism, creative nonfiction/memoirs, and personal essays are limited to 3,000 words and must be uploaded in .pdf or .docx form.

Flash Fiction: Flash fiction submissions are limited to 1,500 words and must be uploaded in .pdf or .docx form.

Poetry: Poetry may be submitted in collections of up to 3 poems. Each poem is limited to 2 single-spaced pages and collections must be uploaded in .pdf or .docx form.

Spoken Word Poetry: Poetry in spoken word form is limited to 8 minutes and may be uploaded via .mp3 or .mp4 files.

Cover Art: We welcome cover art in any form (acrylic painting, charcoal, watercolor, photography, etc). If you are interested in submitting cover art, please contact us at

We ask that all writing be in 12 pt. Times New Roman. With the exception of poetry, which may be submitted single-spaced, we ask that all other writing be submitted double-spaced. In addition to your submission, we ask for a short, 2-3 sentence third-person author bio.

Rights, simultaneous submissions, and payment:

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let us know as soon as possible if your piece has been accepted elsewhere—we’d love to congratulate you! If we’ve accepted your piece, please don’t publish your piece elsewhere before it appears in Anser Journal. We ask for First North American Serial Rights; after publication, all rights revert back to you—we just kindly request you credit Anser Journal as the first place your work has appeared.

Unfortunately, at this time, we’re unable to offer payment for your writing (this journal is run by volunteers, with no submission fees), but a contest with monetary prizes is in the works! Stay tuned for details and updates.

We’ll do our best to reply to all submissions within one week; please direct all questions and inquiries to

UPDATE, 4.30.2021: As of April 30, 2021, Anser Journal has come to the difficult decision to shutter decisions and close out our publication. See our Twitter announcement for more details, but suffice to say — thank you to everyone who submitted to us and trusted us with their work. Thank you to everyone who liked, retweeted, and followed along on our social media. And, most importantly, thank you to our readers, for sharing in the joy and wonder of our contributor's work with us.

—Joshua & Rachel.