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.

We are now open for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction.  Submissions will close again on June 15, 2016. For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 

The reader for your submission is, during this round of spring 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, a brief bio.

  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece in each genre per reading period.

  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.

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 per reading period.

Along with your flash will appear some comments from Randall Brown. Such commentary often helps these flash pieces make their way into the curriculum of flash fiction courses.

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.
Ends on 6/15/2016

    Reminder: For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 

  • 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 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 reading period.

  • 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.

Reminder: For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 


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.


  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 cover letter. 

  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per reading period.

  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.

Reminder: For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 

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.


  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 cover letter. 

  3. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per reading period.

  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 6/15/2016
Reminder: For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal.

 First, it might make sense to check out our example triptychs:

 

Ghost Town  
Deliberately
 
So, we are looking for something similar. A three-columned submission, with the piece itself in the center column. We prefer the surrounding columns to be used in a way similar to the examples, kind of like the pop-ups in music videos. However, you can use them for anything you would like, but we would like there to be a singular creative piece and for that to be placed in the center column. That creative piece should be a one paragraph creative nonfiction or fiction piece (neither the fiction or cnf piece should be, by itself, longer than 300 words) or a single stanza poem (not to exceed 10 lines or 75 words).

Please format the submission as a 3-column Microsoft Word document. It will be translated into a PDF and then into a JPG—and it will appear as a smaller image that can be clicked on to get the full sized triptych. As with our other submissions, we will pay $50 for an accepted triptych. Submissions for triptychs are open now until June 15, 2016. Please no more than one submission of a single piece per reading period.

 
 
Ends on 7/15/2016

For this reading period, we will be looking to publish authors who have not previously been published in the journal. 

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).


  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.