We accept unsolicited submissions all year long. Please submit only one story or essay at a time (10,000 words or fewer). Our average response time is twelve to sixteen weeks. We pay writers $100 piece. All writers are paid the same amount, regardless of where are they might be in their writing career. 

The publishing industry has a long way to go in terms of diversity and championing Black writers. If you are a Black writer, we’d like to invite you to submit your work to us free of charge. You may do so here.

The publishing industry has a long way to go in terms of diversity and championing Black writers. If you are a Black writer, we'd like to invite you to submit your short stories, creative nonfiction, and novel excerpts for us free of charge. We do not publish poetry. 

We are able to pay $100/piece. Please keep in mind that Joyland is a volunteer-run indie publication, and it may take up to 5 months for your story to receive a response. If you are ever curious about the status of your story, you may email joylandpublishers@gmail.com


This offer has no expiration date. 

Joyland Magazine is now accepting entries for its 2021 Open Border Fiction Prize, to be judged by T Kira Mahealani Madden, the author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award for lesbian memoir.

This prize is open to any author writing in the English language, no matter their country of residence. 

One entry per author and the story must be a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 1,500 and 8,000 words in length.

The winning entry will receive $1,000 (US) and be published on Joyland. Two runner-up stories will also be published and will each receive $200 (US).

Winners will be announced in the fall of 2021. 

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