Consequence Forum

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Consequence Forum addresses the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence through literature, art, and community events offering intellectual and emotional access to the experiences of combatants, victims, and witnesses. We provide the public with works and voices from around the world to promote a clearer and more nuanced understanding of what’s at stake in choosing to wage war or engage in conflict. We present readings, panels, and talks, and publish visual art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations online and in print. Our vision is to foster a comprehensive global awareness of the human consequences of war and geopolitical violence, so that careful and inclusive consideration can be given to the use of violence to resolve conflict.

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Matthew Krajniak
Contact Title
Executive Editor
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video, gr_novel
Recent Awards Received
2022 Pushcart Prize for Richard Hoffman's essay "Remembering the Alchemists."
Representative Authors
Elliot Ackerman, Peter Balakian, Jennifer Barber
Submissions Policy
All submissions are welcome during the spring (Jan 15 - Apr 15) and fall (July 15 - Oct 15) reading periods and are considered for either our journal or our website. We publish in six genres—fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, visual art, and translations. We have two main criteria when considering work. First and foremost, the work needs to address the human consequences and realities of war or geopolitical violence. Second, the work needs to have literary merit, by which we simply mean the piece needs to try to be greater than the sum of its parts. Does it inspire reflection? Insight? Anger? Joy? This is what we mean by literary merit. Last but not least, we compensate all of our contributors.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Reporting Time
1 - 4 months
Author Payments
cash, copies
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Paid Subscriptions
Single Copy Price
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
6 - 9
Average Number Of Pages
Publish Print Anthology?
Matthew Krajniak
Executive Editor
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Hired in November of 2020.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Board (6), Executive Editor, Genre Editors (6), Assistant Genre Editors (5), Readers (12), Outreach Team (10), Contributing Editors (7).
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
A brief bio of no more than 100 words.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
All submissions are read by the respective genre's Readers and Assistant Editors first and then, if the work is considered publishable, it's reviewed by the respective Genre Editor and then finally the Executive Editor.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
The work needs to address the human consequences and realities of war or geopolitical violence while also having distinct literary merit. To learn more, please go here:
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Please visit our website before submitting to make sure your work is suitable for us. If it meets our thematic focus, send it to us as we love first-time submitters and also submit pieces from first-time contributors to various awards.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We've received some brilliant translations of stories and poems from writers in countries that have experienced war or geopolitical violence. We go out of our way to include translations in each issue because it's so valuable to hear these voices.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Curious and open-minded readers who desire a thoughtful and nuanced approach to the literature and art that engages with the human consequence and realities of war or geopolitical violence.