I want to hear from writers who have a story to tell … whose voice can no longer be quieted … whether by the inner dialogue they have told themselves for decades or from those around them … for those who have been systematically ignored … whose parts may be broken, but their sum total is absolutely perfect … for they are courageous and vulnerable and willing to step outside of their comfort zone … because they can no longer stay silent. These are the writers I want to hear from, whether their writing is "finished" or “not.” 

Jennifer A. Minotti, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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  • We publish expressive writing, free writing, non-fiction, personal essay, memoir, reflective essay, poetry, prose, contemplative discourse, and creative non-fiction—all that originate from a writing prompt—by both established and emerging writers.

  • We do not accept fiction.
  • Word count is flexible, but the length should be no more than what can be generated in a 20-minute free-write.

  • We accept submissions throughout the year on a rolling basis.

  • We publish new content weekly. 

  • We do not accept previously published work.

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  • You may re-publish work that appears in The Journal of Expressive Writing as long as you credit us for publishing it first.

  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, however, please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

  • Your work may be very lightly copy-edited only for read-ability.

  • We reserve the right to reject writing if it does not adhere to the values and spirit of the journal.

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