Ohm Journal

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Ohm Journal is dedicated to publishing works of progressive and leftist literature, criticism, poetry, and art. We don’t make distinctions between these because we believe in the democratization of the written word. We believe that only together in solidarity do these different written forms provide a total picture of the suffering imposed under our current system, and most effectively help us forge ways ahead. We hope the pieces we publish become part of broader conversations between people across the country who are seeking ways to address their oppression and improve society.

Social Media Platforms Used
Instagram, Twitter, Reddit
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Jonathan Kelly
Contact Title
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation, audio, video, gr_novel
Submissions Policy
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: We welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are members of communities historically oppressed. Prior publication has no bearing on our judgment. Any submission deemed ableist, anti-LGBTQIA+, classist, colonialist, fascist, imperialist, jingoist, misogynist, neoliberal, pro-capitalist, or racist will not be published. Any submission which calls for specific and targeted violence against a living person or building will not be published. We consider doxxing and cyber-bullying targeted violence. We do not accept works submitted by a third party without the formal consent of the original author. At this time, we can only accept works in english. If your work is in another language, please provide an english translation. Both will be published together. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes. --- SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION DETAILS: We accept unsolicited submissions year-round, and publish on a rolling basis. We will publish any number of works that meets Ohm Journal’s Content Guidelines and holds to Ohm Journal’s standards. There are, and never will be, any arbitrary limits to the number of works we will publish in a given month, other than the inherent limitation of the time it takes for our editors to review the eligible submissions. We do not accept multiple submissions from the same author; please wait until after your initial submission has been either accepted or declined before submitting further work. We reserve the right of publishing sections of submissions, e.g. individual poems. We reserve the right to spread out the publication of submissions over multiple days or months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed; please notify us if your work has been selected elsewhere. We retain the initial rights to any work we decide to publish; rights revert back to the author upon publication. If a work initially published in Ohm Journal is then published elsewhere, we ask that Ohm Journal be credited for its initial publication. By submitting to Ohm Journal, you are agreeing to license your work under Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International License — CC BY 4.0, which lets others use, distribute, reproduce, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, in any medium as long as they credit you for the original work. Please wait at least two months from date-of-submission before contacting Ohm Journal regarding the status of your work. Works may be withdrawn at any time prior to acceptance. To do so, please email us at [email protected] with a subject line of “WITHDRAWAL”. Withdrawals may be either partial or full. No explanation is necessary. --- PAYMENT: Though we currently do not charge for submissions, at some point in the near future, to be determined by the staff at Ohm Journal, we will charge $3.00 for each submission (not accounting for future adjustments due to inflation). If, at that time, you are unable to afford the submission fee, please feel free to send the editors a note as well as your submission at [email protected]. No explanation of your financial circumstances is necessary. --- REIMBURSEMENT: We are currently unable to reimburse writers for their work. We understand the labor that goes into creative activity, but at this time we simply don’t have the means to reimburse authors. We have no “investors”, no “start-up capital” and no “grants”; we are doing this ourselves out of a shared passion. We have no funders, backers, investors, etc. because we do not wish to be limited in our discourse by external agents. We will never ask for payment without also reimbursing writers whose works we publish. We will unveil our Contributor Reimbursement Model when we begin charging for submissions. --- NITTY-GRITTY Contributors must accept Ohm Journal’s Content Guidelines and pending Contributor Reimbursement Policy for their work to be considered for publication. At the moment, the act of submitting your work qualifies as acceptance. Please submit your previously unpublished fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and/or criticism in one document (12 pt. font size, with a standard font – e.g. Times New Roman, Garamond, Arial, etc.) as a Rich Text Format, Microsoft Word Document or PDF (art as .jpeg), titled “SUBMISSION_NAME_YYYYMMDD”. Ohm Journal has no page count, though please understand that longer submissions will take longer to review. Poetry may be single-spaced. Everything else—double-spaced, please. Poets, please understand that the mobile version of Ohm Journal may affect the layout of your work (e.g. line breaks, indentation, etc.). If you wish to preserve the format of your work, please send us your document as a .pdf as well. Ensure there is clear delineation between poems / paragraphs / stanzas / sections. Ensure that each page bears your name and a page number. Please also attach a cover letter as the first page of your submission with the following information: legal name, preferred name, preferred pronouns, contact information, and a short third-person bio (optional). Send your submission to [email protected], or contact us at [email protected] if you are unable to send your work via email.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
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Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
2 - 4 weeks
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Publish Print Anthology?
Jonathan Kelly
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I am a co-founder of the journal.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
We are a member-managed LLC. We are emphatically opposed to undemocratic hierarchies both within and without our organization. Each member of Ohm Journal has equal ownership and responsibility. We will never use interns (paid or unpaid).
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
No need to be super formal. Get to the point and don't bullshit. Read the Submission Guidelines. And remember: the best cover letter in the world shouldn't be anyone's goal.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Jon, Anna and Lisette vote on each submission.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
A real devotion to justice and equality.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Don't overthink it! We're not looking for the "next great American" whatever. We're looking for thoughtful, critical, and incisive work that does not view anti-oppression as additive to art but fundamental to it.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Whoever's as fed up as we are.