At the Jenny, we work to publish a solid mixture of pieces and authors, from both local areas and not-so-local. We are looking for a broad range of your best polished work. We ask that if you are submitting to the Jenny you carefully read through the guidelines for the specific category you are submitting to.

We accept previously unpublished written work. All rights revert back to the author/artist after publication of the issue.

Issue 11 is a theme issue! For this special issue of Jenny, we will exclusively feature work from those who identify as women. You can read more about this choice in our official announcement on our blog.


The average response time on submissions is 3-4 weeks after the submission period closes.

General Guidelines:
  • Submitters can send work to more than one category so long as each category's guidelines are followed.
  • Submissions are blind. Do not include any identifying information on your submission — that's what the submission form and cover letter are for.
  • Formatting for all pieces should be in Times New Roman, pt. 12 font.
  • Prose submissions should be double spaced.
  • PDF files should only be submitted to the Drama category.
  • Failure to follow any guidelines will disqualify your submission.

Though we greatly appreciate all of our contributors, Jenny unfortunately can not pay its contributors at this time.
Ends on 9/10/2016

General Drama Submissions Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

For drama submissions, we really want you to take advantage of the fact that the story is meant for the stage. A play is defined as a full piece, not a skit or scene. The play should consist of a beginning, middle and end, as well as fleshed out characters and conflict, just as any other story should. Like in all of Jenny Magazine’s sections, no subject is off limits, but playwrights should avoid being edgy for the sake of being edgy. We are looking for substance. We are looking for a play that makes us think. We are looking for theatricality.

All submissions must be in accordance to the issue’s theme, if an issue theme exists. Failure to do so will result in rejection.

Technical Guidelines:

  • Pieces must range from 4 to 10 minutes (9 pages or fewer in 12pt. Times New Roman font). Please read play aloud and time it to make sure it is under 10 minutes.
  • Must follow standard play format.
  • Please submit as a PDF
  • Include title page and a Dramatis Personae page. These do not count as part of the 9 pages or fewer limit.
  • Please remove your name and contact information from the piece.

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the page count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from April to September for our Fall 2016 Issue.

Ends on 9/10/2016

General Fiction Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

We believe good writing is good writing. That being said, we strongly discourage gratuitous anything—sex, violence, profanity—just for the sake of trying to be “edgy.” We understand that these elements are often essential to a writer’s vision, but if they do not serve any purpose other than shock value, your piece is likely to be rejected. We strive to publish works of substance.

All submissions must be in accordance to the issue’s theme, if an issue theme exists. Failure to do so will result in rejection.

Formatting

All prose (fiction/creative non-fiction) should be formatted as such:

  • One-inch margins all around
  • Left justified
  • 12-point font—Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • Pages numbered (do not put headers with name, but including the title of the piece with the numbers would be appreciated)
  • We read our submissions blindly to ensure everyone’s work is judged on its merit alone. There will be a place for your name when you go to the submissions manager.
  • Word-count 1,500 - 7,000 words (we are willing to consider exceptional pieces that fall below or exceed this limit, but the work must be so good that it justifies making such an exception.)

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the word count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from April to September for our Fall 2016 Issue.

Ends on 9/10/2016

General Poetry Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

That being said we prefer pieces that subvert expectations, that can walk the line between decay and beauty and mix them together. We want rich language and surprising images, and as always, we want your best work, honed into a complete and functioning piece.

Formatting

All poetry should be formatted as such:

  • One-inch margins all around
  • Left justified
  • 12-point font—Times New Roman
  • We read our submissions blindly to ensure everyone’s work is judged on its merit alone. There will be a place for your name when you go to the submissions manager.
  • Submissions should be limited to a total of 3 pages, no more than 3 poems from a single author.
  • If submitting more than one poem, it would be preferred if each poem is their own document.

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the page count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from April to September for our Fall 2016 Issue.
Ends on 9/10/2016

General Creative Nonfiction Guidelines:

Here at Jenny, we have a soft spot for pieces that have a strong sense of place and setting, or work with local Rustbelt or working class themes that are such an integral part of Jenny and our home here in Youngstown. However, we also love various other stories, so no genre is off limits.

For creative nonfiction submissions, we’re looking for pieces that take advantage of the “creative” aspect of genre. This means personal/narrative essays, bits of artistic memoir, humorous accounts of childhood memories, and the like. But seriously, get creative—just because it’s not fiction doesn’t mean it has to read like a term paper.

All submissions must be in accordance to the issue’s theme, if an issue theme exists. Failure to do so will result in rejection.

Formatting

All prose (fiction/creative non-fiction) should be formatted as such:

  • One-inch margins all around
  • Left justified
  • 12-point font—Times New Roman
  • Double-spaced
  • Pages numbered (do not put headers with name, but including the title of the piece with the numbers would be appreciated)
  • We read our submissions blindly to ensure everyone’s work is judged on its merit alone. There will be a place for your name when you go to the submissions manager.
  • Word-count 1,500 - 7,000 words (we are willing to consider exceptional pieces that fall below or exceed this limit, but the work must be so good that it justifies making such an exception.)

Multiple Submissions

We accept only one submission per category at a time, as long as it falls within the word count.

Simultaneous Submissions

As writers, we here at the Jenny know that it can be frustrating waiting around to hear back from publications about your submission(s). That’s why we not only allow simultaneous submissions, we encourage them. Send your work out to as many different places as you can. All we ask is that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Withdrawing a piece is as easy as going to your account in the submissions manager and clicking the “withdraw” button.

Submissions will be open from April to September for our Fall 2016 Issue.

This category includes art and photography.

Art submitted here will be considered for use in the visual elements of Jenny. Due to the nature of the layout process, submissions here will be considered for any issue following the one currently being produced (i.e., any submissions in Fall will be considered for use in the following Spring issue or later).

Please upload your submission as a zipped (.zip) archive. Within that archive, your images may be in any format that is natively-viewable in windows, but JPEG is preferred.

Submissions will be open year-round