ISSN 2166-2266 (online) / ISSN 2166-2258 (print)

Emerge Literary Journal was founded in 2011 dedicated to emerging writers, however they may define that parameter, regardless of age, background, or how they identify. We want to amplify fresh voices to audiences excited to support their growth.

What’s emerging, you ask? Emerging doesn’t necessarily mean new to writing, but a jumping off point to publishing or sharing work with a broader audience; emerging is writers figuring out their voices, experimenting with style, exposing work that is raw and vulnerable. Whether you’re a new writer, a writer new to publishing, or a writer with experience experimenting with their style of work, we dedicate ourselves to you. Where do you and your work fall? You decide.

Now in our 10th year of publication, Emerge Literary Journal is a quarterly online journal of poetry and prose dedicated to emerging writers and their words.

We love, prefer free verse, flash & creative non-fiction–words with passion, voice, and place. We look for succinct images and dialogue that linger, narrative that we can take with us to bed at night, ideas used in magnificent ways. Bring us your castles.

We read on a rolling basis and submissions will always be FREE. We publish exclusively online quarterly, although an annual “best-of” print issue may be a future possibility. We are a paying market. We pay a $5 honorarium to each contributor accepted for publication.

For any questions about The Journal, please contact us: elj.editions@gmail.com.