There are presently no open calls for submissions.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high number of submissions and Submittable's fees for magazines, Waxwing will be capping submissions at 300/month. If you are unable to submit due to this reason, please come back and submit the next month. Thanks for your understanding. 

Waxwing is published triannually: in October, February, and June. We read submissions of poetry, short fiction, and literary essays September 1 to Apr 30; translations of poetry and literary prose are read year-round. Each issue features approximately fifteen poets, ten to twelve prose writers, and five to eight authors in translation.

Poets should send one to five poems, and prose writers one story, essay, novella, or novel chapter (or up to three short-short stories or micro-essays). If your submission contains multiple pieces, please put all of them in one document for submission. Cover letters and brief bios are recommended, but optional. Please use the online submission manager for all submissions. Other queries or correspondence should be directed to Co-editors Justin Bigos, Erin Stalcup, and Todd Kaneko at editors@waxwingmag.org.

Translators should follow the same guidelines. They should also include the translated work in its source  language, along with any permissions needed to publish the work in both languages. 

We are also now accepting visual artwork for our issue covers. Please send 1-3 images. Submissions of artwork are open year-round.

Waxwing will respond to each submitted manuscript within four months. If you need to withdraw your piece, please withdraw through the submission manager. If you are withdrawing only part of your submission, please make a note in Submittable (rather than emailing the editors). If Waxwing publishes your writing, the editors reserve the right to republish it in future print anthologies and/or as promotional broadsides. Authors retain rights to their work—if the work is republished in a future collection or anthology, please indicate that it originally appeared in Waxwing. Waxwing is unable to offer monetary payment for work at this time. Thank you for your interest in and support of Waxwing.

Justin, Erin & Todd