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This quarterly literary journal welcomes work from writers around the world in all stages of their writing career. Each issue explores a different theme (below) and includes a separate space for creative nonfiction tributes

We want to see fresh, inspiring pieces; give us chills, fill us with awe. Show us all sides: your home is here.

Please try to refrain from sending us abuse and suicide topics.

Recovery pieces are welcome!


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Since 2020

We are OPEN until May 20!

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Issue 15: Nostalgia

Editors' tip: harken back to days gone by and show us the happy moments of the past. 

SPECIAL NOTICE: PLEASE do not send us hate crimes, even if you think the story has a happy ending.



Submissions must be in English and include the required Title Information (below)


5,000 words of fiction

two poems 


Keep formatting professional, please: readable font, empty lines for scene breaks, empty margins, etc. You can find recommended settings on the Submissions page.


Title Information

Please add the following to the top left of your document body (not in the header margin):

Name or Pseudonym, email

Piece Title 


Word or Line Count

If your submission was previously published, please credit your publisher below your word/line count.



Accepted file types: .doc, .docx, .odt

Submissions accepted via email (submissions [at] OR Dropbox OR Duosuma.

Live, unlocked Google Docs or Microsoft Word links are accepted via email.

We must be able to download your file. We will not request access and we are not responsible for locked docs.




The Writer's Workout will not review fanfiction, religious, political, erotic, or AI-generated content.


​The Writer's Workout requests one-time, non-exclusive serial rights with worldwide distribution.

We accept simultaneous submissions, previously published works, and you retain the right to submit your work elsewhere after we publish it. 

If you need to withdraw, please let us know.

This literary journal is published in digital and print. Contributors receive a digital contributor copy. The Writer's Workout is a registered nonprofit organization run by volunteers.

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Issue Info

Check the status of recent, current, and upcoming issues.


Issue 14: Mythology

in edits

We contacted everyone on April 8


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Issue 15: Nostalgia


April 1 - May 20


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Issue 16: Flash Fiction

coming soon

July 1 - August 20


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Issue 17: Kindness

coming soon

October 1 - November 20


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Pick up past issues of WayWords on Amazon.

Recently published:
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Issue 13: cozy

This issue features the collected works of Robin Carstensen, Seth Cupery, Sarah Das Gupta, Tracy Davidson, Suzanna C. de Baca, LA Felleman, A. R. Field, Diane Funston, Karen Paul Holmes, Paul Hostovsky, Jean Janicke, Stephen Kingsnorth, Manuel A. Melendez, Keith Melton, Baylee Pawsey, J.B. Polk, Susan Shea, Jeanette W. Stickel, Jonathan Chibuike Ukah, Miranda von Salis, Kirk Wareham, Katie Winkler, and Glenn Wright


Stats and Info:

Published 290+ pieces & counting!

On average, WayWords publishes 44% of submissions received. This journal rarely solicits specific authors for work; everything we publish comes from open calls.

Each issue is open to themed fiction and poetry as well as creative nonfiction tributes. Find tribute section information  here

​Submission to WayWords will always be free. WayWords is published in digital and print; contributors receive a digital contributor copy. Learn how to claim your authorship on Amazon here.

Check our FAQ for more information.




WayWords is published in digital and print.

Contributors receive a digital contributor copy.

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit run entirely by volunteers.

Your submission is a charitable donation; we appreciate your support!

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