a hub for short fiction

About & Submissions

Based on the idea that fiction is an international movement supported by local communities Joyland is a literary magazine that selects stories regionally. Our editors work with authors connected to locales across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto as well as places underrepresented in cultural media. 

In our first five years we’ve featured work from National Book Critics Circle winner Jonathan Lethem, Pulitzer finalist Lydia Millet, PEN/Faulkner finalist Amelia Gray, Giller Prize shortlisted author Marina Endicott and Giller winner Lynn Coady, Plimpton Prize winner Ottessa Moshfegh, Guggenheim Fellows Lynne Tillman and Terese Svoboda, Lambda Award winner Zoe Whittall, and Believer Book Award winners Tamara Faith Berger and Sesshu Foster. Our editors have included Steinbeck Fellows Kara Levy and Charles McLeod. Several of our stories have been included as Notables in Best American Short Stories and published in the Journey Prize Anthology. We've also been the first publisher of many amazing, emerging writers. 

New content appears weekly and we go into print twice yearly with Retro.  Joyland was created by Emily Schultz and Brian Joseph Davis in 2008 and the current site was designed and developed by Ross Merriam. 


Publishers Brian Joseph Davis, Emily Schultz

Senior Editors Katya Apekina (Los Angeles) Kevin Chong (Vancouver) Brian Joseph Davis (New York) Kara Levy (San Francisco) David McGimpsey (Montreal & Atlantic) Kathryn Mockler (Toronto) Anna Prushinskaya (Midwest) Emily Schultz (New York)

Retro Copy Editor JoAnna Novak

Web Developer Ross Merriam

Editors Emeriti Emily Keeler, Matthew Timmons, Levi Stahl, Benjamin Wood, Casey McKinney, Edward Gauvin, Wyatt Williams, Janine Armin, Faye Guenther, Charles McLeod.


For general queries about Joyland: Brian Joseph Davis


-Currently, all Joyland fiction editors are accepting submissions at

- Each editor works with authors with some connection to their area. It's pretty loose: living in the respective city or region for any amount of time is qualification enough for submission. 

- Send story as email paste-in (no attachments please) with a short bio, and your subject line should be formatted like this:


Example: NEW YORK "Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning"

 -Submissions to the Consulate section are open to writers in any country or in translation.

- Joyland only publishes short fiction, novel excerpts, and literary non-fiction. We do like works between 1200 and 10,000 words, but going slightly under or over that range is fine. 

- You may submit only one story every three months, unless requested by an editor. We encourage simultaneous submissions.

- We also have rejection guidelines, which you should read here.



Joyland is supported by sales of our print journal Retro, as well as international grants and our "Joyland Citizen" donors.



Steve De Jarnatt

​Emily St. John Mandel

David Goodman

Amy Mitchell

​Tom Paine

Anna Parkman

Kam Rao


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.

Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 20,1 millions de dollars l'an dernier dans les lettres et l'édition à travers le Canada.


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