Metonym Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Spring 2024 Issue Theme: Connection

From a meaningful conversation with a friend, to a text from a loved one, to a simple nod of acknowledgement from a stranger in passing, our daily lives are filled with moments of connection. Seeking out personal relationships—with ourselves, with nature, with God—is a fundamental quality of the human experience. Through our search for connection, we find joy, a sense of belonging, new perspectives, and intrinsic meaning for our lives. What does connection mean to you? How have connections inspired or impacted you? Metonym is seeking submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art that capture the theme of connection in all of its nuance and diversity.

Submissions must be previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions will be considered as long as we are notified immediately if the piece is accepted elsewhere. Work that will be considered from an author includes:

  • 1-6 poems on the same submission, each under two pages long
  • Fiction or creative non-fiction up to 2,000 words
  • 1-4 pieces of original, sophisticated, and complete artwork
  • 1-5 original photographs

Though your name will be attributed to your work when published, Metonym editors review each piece as a blind submission. Please do not include any identifying information in your manuscript, including within the file name or anywhere on the document. Works containing personal identifying information (including, but not limited to: names, phone numbers, emails, or physical addresses) will be disqualified.

Submissions close October 15th, 2023

Our current response time varies and will be longer if your work is under serious consideration, but acceptance and rejection notifications will generally be sent out by the end of December each calendar year. Please be patient! We are a small, hard-working staff and we want to give every piece the time it deserves.

If you are accepted, we will send you a free copy of the finished journal in Spring.

Metonym Journal