Each Joyland editor works with authors with some connection to their area. It's pretty loose: living in the respective city or region for any amount of time is qualification enough for submission. If you're unsure, select the region nearest you. Submissions to the Consulate section are open to writers in any country or in translation.

Joyland only publishes short fiction, novel excerpts, and essays. We do like works between 1200 and 10,000 words, but going slightly under or over that range is fine.

  • We encourage simultaneous submissions.
  • Joyland pays authors for published work. 
  • Where your submission fee goes: Server costs and keeping our story archive free and open (60%); contributor fees (30%); community outreach (10%).
Joyland Magazine