Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions under all categories throughout the year.

Your work may be selected for publication on our website (Origins Online) 


in Origins Journal

Origins Journal is published annually and the issues are available for download as an ebook on our website or in print via our partner, Politics & Prose Bookstore.

EXPEDITED SUBMISSION: Our review process can take several months. If you would like a response to your submission within two weeks, elect this category. The $10 submission fee covers administrative costs.

*Please note that this applies to all categories except the Tip Jar Submission entry.

TIP JAR SUBMISSION: Under this category, you may submit work in any genre for $5. This is completely optional and your submission will not be treated any differently than if you submit your work under one of the other categories listed below. 

If you elect this submission option, please know how much we appreciate your support! 

FICTION: Origins publishes high quality fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, and the perturbation of unique characters.  

NONFICTION: We look for distinctive topical essays and personal “creative nonfiction” of any kind. Please keep in mind that topical essays should be written for a general audience (We’re not interested in academic pieces).  

FLASH FICTION: Fiction under 600 words.

POETRY:  All verse formats and subjects are considered. Originality and precision of language are important to us. Please submit no more than three poems.

TRANSLATION: We consider translations of poetry and short fiction. Along with the English translation, please also submit a brief biography of the author and as well as the poem/story in its language of origin. If your piece is selected for publication, you will be asked to write a Translator's Note.

Additional Information

Please note that all submissions are considered for publication in either Origins Journal or Origins Online at the discretion of the editors. This means that your piece may appear in the journal (which may be downloaded and/or purchased as a print-on-demand copy through Politics & Prose) or on our website.

  • The word limit for all prose submissions is 5,000.

  • We do not accept multiple submissions.

  • Multiple submissions will be returned unread.

  • We only consider previously unpublished work.

  • We DO accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Origins is an online and print publication interested in showcasing first worldwide serial rights and nonexclusive reprint rights, for the full term of the copyright, for publication of the work in electronic, audio, and print form (which means that the magazine may reprint this work in a future print publication and may archive it online for permanent display, however reconfigured, on this website) and for use, along with the author’s name, in publicizing, promoting, and advertising the work itself as well as Origins.

Soon, we hope to offer payment to our contributors. We are working hard to raise the money to be able to do this. If you'd like to support this effort, you may do so by choosing to submit either under the EXPEDITED SUBMISSION, FEEDBACK SUBMISSION or TIP JAR SUBMISSION category. We also accept donations in any amount on our website under the DONATE tab.

Responses may take several months. As with submissions to any literary magazine, familiarity with our journal will give you a sense of the kind of work we like.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at