Submission Guidelines

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. 

Since 2008 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. 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.


Founders Brian J Davis, Emily Schultz

Publishers Lisa Locascio, Kyle Lucia Wu

Managing Editor Michelle Lyn King

Senior Editors Kyle Lucia Wu, Rebekah Bergman, Emily Schultz (New York), Kara Levy (San Francisco) Lisa Locascio (Los Angeles) Kathryn Mockler (Eastern Canada) Bryan Hurt (Midwest) Carleigh Baker (Western Canada) JD Scott (The South) Kait Heacock (Pacific Northwest)

CTO Brian J Davis

Web Developer Ross Merriam

Illustrations Carolyn Tripp

Published by Heroic Collective Media


For general queries about Joyland: Lisa Locascio & Kyle Lucia Wu

For technical issues, advertising, and brand strategies: Brian J Davis


Are you looking for our Open Border contest submission? Follow this link. For regular submissions, keep reading.

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. If you're unsure, send to the region nearest you.

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.

Following our style guide here is helpful but not necessary.

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