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 closed.  The current reading period is March 15, 2021 to June 15, 2021.  The next reading period will open September 15, 2021 and closes December 15, 2021. Topical Thursdays' submissions are open year-round.  

If you've been previously published by the press, please wait a year until 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.

2020 has forced us to reevaluate ourselves, our relationships, our world views; in short, everything. The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry about topical issues.  We'd like to read stories that highlight the rapidly changing world; it can be forefront or background if it is present in the submission. All submissions will be considered solely by Matter Press' final reader, Pietra Dunmore.

For fiction and creative nonfiction, the word count limit is 1000 words; for poetry, please submit no more than 30 lines. The payment is $50. Please only submit 1 piece per 3-month reading period: 

  • December 15 to March 15
  • March 16 to June 14
  • June 15 to September 15
  • September 16 to December 14

Please include in the title the letters CNF if you are submitting a piece as creative nonfiction. Also, please make that clear in the cover letter. 

For the current reading period, we are looking for work from writers previously unpublished by Matter Press and its JOURNAL OF COMPRESSED CREATIVE ARTS. If you've been published by the journal previously, please wait until the next reading period (March 15, 2021) to submit.

  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.
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