The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers.

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 3% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.
 

Submissions are now open from March 15, 2019 to June 15, 2019.  


If you've been previously published by JCCA, please wait a year after your work appeared before submitting again. Thanks.

 
The  first reader for your submission is, during this round of  submissions, the managing editor. The "final reader" for the 2nd round of submissions is our official FINAL READER, Pietra Dunmore.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category.

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:


  1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Do not include a cover letter as part of the manuscript document.
  2. Please include, as part of your cover letter on Submittable, a brief bio.
  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre at a time. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.
  5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.
  6. If you've been previously published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again.

Randall Brown—the managing editor and founder—will critique your single flash piece (under 1000 words).

  1. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per critique. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  2. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document.
  3. You will receive commentary directly on the piece, both in-line editing and developmental editing suggestions.
  4. Feel free to include in the cover leter any specific questions or concerns you have about your piece.

Lee Rourke writes in A BRIEF HISTORY OF FABLES: FROM AESOP TO FLASH FICTION, "One only has to visit sites such as flashfiction.net and smokelong.com or journals such as Matter: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts to get a real sense of some of the most electrifying and ground-breaking flash fiction published today; displaying work from authors all around the world who manage to compress the weird, the fabulous and the truly astonishing into their fictions."

FlashFiction.Net is a well-known blog also managed by Matter Press's founder Randall Brown. FlashFiction.Net is looking to republish flash fiction that originally appeared in print or in now-unavailable online journals. Please include in the cover letter where the flash originally appeared and the date it appeared. We consider flash fiction to be under 1000 words, although shorter pieces tend to work best for the blog. Please submit only one piece every three months. 


Along with your flash may appear some comments from Randall Brown. Such commentary perhaps helps these flash pieces make their way into the curriculum of flash fiction courses. Perhaps not.


Although FlashFiction.Net cannot currently offer compensation for the flash, the blog can help you with the following:

  1. Getting your name out in the world as a flash fiction writer!
  2. Promoting a website, blog, or current book project.
  3. Getting your work into classrooms.
  4. Giving your work a permanent, online presence.




For fiction & creative nonfiction prose (and we think of the prose poem as such), we have a word-count limit: 600. Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category. THIS IS THE FICTION/PROSE POETRY CATEGORY.

If you've been published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again. Thanks.


  1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Also, please do NOT include your name as part of the title/file name.
  2. Please include a brief bio as part of the Submittable cover letter. 
  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per submission. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.
  5. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document.
  6. We do NOT read submissions that do not meet the guidelines. We will decline it unread and ask that you submit next reading period.

For fiction & creative nonfiction prose (and we think of the prose poem as such), we have a word-count limit: 600. Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category. This is the CREATIVE NONFICTION category.

If you've been published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again. Thanks.

  1. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Also, please do NOT include your name in the title or the file name.
  2. Please include a brief bio as part of the Submittable cover letter. 
  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per submission. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.
  4. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.
  5.  Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document.
  6. We do NOT read submissions that do not meet the guidelines. We will decline it unread and ask that you submit next reading period.


Ends on June 15, 2019

Poems should not exceed 20 lines or 75 words. Please do not include any contact information, including your name, in the manuscript. Also, please do not include your name in the title.

If you've been published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again. Thanks.


  •  If poems are broken into traditional lines, skinny poems are preferred. Skinny refers to the way it looks on the page, as well as a weightlessness.


  •  The poem should have a swift, sudden feel; therefore, lean language is imperative. Keywords are brevity, intensity, and precision. A good condensed poem should be memorable for its reading duration and its longer impression.


  • As part of the cover letter please, include a brief bio. Please do not include any identifying information on the submission itself. Also, please do not make the cover letter part of the uploaded poem.


  •  Please no more than the submission of a SINGLE POEM per submission. Please feel free to submit again after receiving a response.


  •  Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.


  •  Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.


  • We do NOT read submissions that do not meet the guidelines. We will decline it unread and ask that you submit next reading period.


We are currently looking for visual arts projects that incorporate the idea of compressed text into the work. We are especially interested in a series of visual arts pieces that can be published once a week over a period of a month or several months. We pay in the range of $50 - $100 for the rights to publish such a series. We might also be interested in purchasing the pieces outright. Please let us know in a cover letter if the pieces are available for purchase and the asking price. Please submit the visual arts series/project as a single PDF document or ZIP file. If your project is chosen for publication, we will be requesting the individual files (.jpg or .tiff).

If you've been published by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, please wait a year before submitting again. Thanks.


  1. Please include as part of cover letter the reason why you feel this visual arts submission works well for a journal interested in compression. Please include a brief bio, also.
  2.  Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.


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