The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

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.

Dear [SubmitterFirstName] [SubmitterLastName]:

You might have seen that the work is no longer available at Unfortunately, our site was hacked and all the files for the journal were destroyed. We are heartbroken and angry that the work is no longer online, and we'll spend the next few months trying to get the site up and running. We hope that some or all of the wonderful work that artists  have contributed to the journal we'll be eventually recovered. However, for now, we are now closed for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction.  Submissions will open again (we hope) January 15 - April 15 2018.

The reader for your submission is, during this round of winter submissions, the managing editor.

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.

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts