Please Read All Guidelines Before Submitting

When submissions reach the monthly limit allowed by our Submittable subscription, all genres will automatically close. Genres will reopen on the first day of the following month in November, December, and January.

Nancy Jensen, Editor

The Chaffin Journal is an annual print journal.  We seek diverse and original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction rooted in literary tradition.  We value assured voices, freshness of vision, precision of language, and a sense of urgency in all the work we publish.  Simultaneous submissions will be considered, provided you withdraw from consideration any work accepted elsewhere. No previously published work will be considered.  We define previously  published work as a piece published in another journal (paper or  electronic), in a book or chapbook (traditionally or self-published), or  one that is currently online in a public blog or within a public forum.

  • Submissions are accepted annually, October 1-January 15.  Allow up to 8 months for decisions.  
  • Limit: 1 submission per writer, per reading period.  Additional work submitted by the same writer during the annual reading period--either in the same genre or in other genres--will be declined, unread.
  •  With your submission, include a brief biographical note (75 words max), written in third person, as well as a postal address.  We'll need both if we accept your work. 
  • Include your postal address in your cover letter.
  • Submissions for specific genres may be temporarily disabled due to extremely high submission rates in that genre.

*Note to Submitters:  Please keep up with your Submittable account!  Some writers have missed acceptances because Submittable notifications have gone to their email junk folders.  Upon receipt, all submissions receive an automated response. If you don't see that in your email, check your junk or spam folder and then add the address to your whitelist or mark it "not spam."  Every submission will also receive a response--either a decline or an acceptance--so, even if you miss an email notification, you'll find the response in your Submittable account.


 


The Chaffin Journal considers literary nonfiction--personal essays, memoir, literary journalism, lyric essays--up to 6000 words.  Excerpts from book-length works of literary nonfiction that can stand alone may be considered.  Submit no more than one work of creative nonfiction during the annual submission period.

If you submit in creative nonfiction, please do not also submit in another genre.  Additional submissions during any single reading period will be declined, unread.

With your submission, include a brief biographical note (75 words max), written in third person, as well as a postal address.  We'll need both if we accept your work.

Please note:  Some writers have missed acceptances because Submittable notifications have gone to their email junk folders.  Upon receipt, all submissions receive an automated response. If you don't see that in your email, check your junk or spam folder and then add the address to your whitelist or mark it "not spam." 

 

The Chaffin Journal considers literary fiction up to 6000 words.  Short fiction is preferred, but novel excerpts that can stand alone may also be considered.  Submit no more than one work of fiction during the annual submission period.
If you submit in fiction, please do not also submit in another genre.  Additional submissions during any single reading period will be declined, unread.
With your submission, include a brief biographical note (75 words max), written in third person, as well as a postal address.  We'll need both if we accept your work.
Please note:  Some writers have missed acceptances because Submittable notifications have gone to their email junk folders.  Upon receipt, all submissions receive an automated response. If you don't see that in your email, check your junk or spam folder and then add the address to your whitelist or mark it "not spam." 

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Submit 3-5 poems as a single attachment, one poem per page.  Limit of one submission (up to 5 poems) per reading period.  Previously published work will not be considered.
If you submit in poetry, please do not also submit in another genre.  Additional submissions during any single reading period will be declined, unread.
With your submission, include a brief biographical note (75 words max), written in third person, as well as a postal address.  We'll need both if we accept your work.
Note to submitters: No fancy formatting, please.  Our journal has a staff of 1-1/2 people.  Even if we love it, poetry that requires significant reformatting to set for publication may not make the final cut.  Our published poetry--titles and texts begin flush left, single-spaced lines, one space between stanzas, in 12 pt. Garamond.)  Also:  Some writers have missed acceptances because Submittable notifications have gone to their email junk folders.  Upon receipt, all submissions receive an automated response. If you don't see that in your email, check your junk or spam folder and then add the address to your whitelist or mark it "not spam."