Headway Quarterly is a process-focused literary magazine accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, essays and other written work on any theme.
At Headway Quarterly, we believe that writing is recursive and discursive, requiring revisitation, revision, and reimagining. Unlike most literary magazines that presuppose finality and present submissions as untouchable artifacts, Headway showcases the process of writing—not simply the product.
We ask all of our contributors to submit "Process Materials" to be published alongside their “finished” submission. With this, we aim to push back against the traditional literary magazine structure by foregrounding the writing process, and to create a space for writers to participate in conversations about their writing—asking questions about process, drafting, revision, authorial voice, and medium.
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essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, translation, audio, video
Headway aims to challenge traditional notions of publication by foregrounding the writing process alongside submissions.
Recent Awards Received
2019 Firecracker Award finalist in the category of Best Debut Magazine
We accept submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions should be limited to 3,000 words. Simultaneous and/or multiple submissions are allowed and encouraged.
Headway will also publish “Process Materials” from our writers along with their original submissions. These materials can take any form: a writer’s log, a journal entry, a poem, an annotated bibliography, a doodle, a photograph, a recording, even a conversation with the editors (or any combination of these, and more). We will provide more information about this aspect of Headway when we get in touch with an acceptance. You can create them now, create them later, ask us questions to help you brainstorm, but we don’t need your materials until your original submission has been accepted. (See website for details)