Kelp Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Kelp Journal is a multimedia experience. Our goal is to publish the written and visual arts through our website and use our social media platforms to promote these works and help our contributors curate a larger following. We publish original poetry, true horror, fiction, travel pieces, interviews, reviews, photos, art, videos, and mixed media pieces. We are based in California and have a deep affinity for coastal themes, adventure, travel, wanderlust, and global culture. If your piece has an adventurous spirit, we want to see it! We are not yet a paid market, but we hope to be one soon. We are also now an independent book publisher. Kelp Books. Please send us your work!

Social Media Platforms Used
Facebook, Instagram
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
David M. Olsen
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video, gr_novel
Submissions Policy
-Fiction We accept all kinds of fiction, generally in lengths of under 5,000 words. We don't have a particular aesthetic (other than adventurous in nature), except that we typically like to read work that has clearly been fussed over. Work that has seen beta readers, and curated on a sentence level. Hard work shows and prevails. -Poetry We also publish poems long and short and it is our goal to feature a new poem every week and at least one new poet a month. Send us 3-5 of your best poems for consideration. Again, coastal, travel, and adventure themes are preferred, however, all will be considered. Travel We are looking for unique takes on global travel, like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that blew your mind, or a strange experience abroad. You travel, you write it up, we will read it and consider it for publication. We prefer a multi-media experience on this column—so if you have strong photographic accompaniment, that would be preferred. A short film would be considered too. -Photography Are you a talented photographer? We would like to showcase your work. Send us 15-20 of your best surf/adventure shots, previously unpublished, and we'll take a look. Send submissions to KelpPhotoEditor (at)
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
3 - 6 months
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Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
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David M. Olsen
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
Section editors report to editor, David M. Olsen
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How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
readers first, then section editors, then David M. Olsen.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
a unique voice, adherence to coastal themes, compelling characters and a good story.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Tell your best story.
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