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.  The current reading period is September 15, 2020 to December 15, 2020.  The next reading period opens March 15, 2021 and closes June 15, 2021.


For the current reading period, we are looking for work from writers previously unpublished by Matter Press and its JOURNAL OF COMPRESSED CREATIVE ARTS.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 have been ever previously published by the Journal of Compressed Arts, please wait until the next reading period to submit: March 15, 2021 - June 15, 2021.

 

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 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.

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 CATEGORY. Also if you are writing prose poetry that is also FICTION, this is the category for you.

<mark>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.</mark>


  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. Also, please send us only new work, not work that you've previously submitted.
  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 are writing PROSE POETRY that is also CREATIVE NONFICTION, then this is the category for you.

<mark>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.</mark>

  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. Also, please send us only new work, not work that you've previously submitted.
  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.


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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. Also, please send us only new work, not work that you've previously submitted.


  •  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.


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