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. Our regional verticals highlight the diversity of voices nationwide, and we are proud to have created a home where all can coexist.

Since 2008 we’ve featured work from New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay, 5 Under 35 Honoree Zinzi Clemmons, 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.

Retro is our twice yearly anthology featuring the best of Joyland in print.

New content appears weekly and Joyland pays writers.



New York (NY and tristate area): Kyle Lucia Wu, Amy Shearn

The West (California to Texas): Lisa Locascio, Kate Folk

Canada: Kathryn Mockler

The Midwest: Emma Ruddock

Consulate: Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren

The South: Michelle Lyn King, Laura Chow Reeve

Pacific Northwest: Kait Heacock


Publisher Michelle Lyn King

Associate Editor Karina Leon

Managing Editor Sonia Feigelson

Founders Emily Schultz, Brian J Davis

Web Developer Ross Merriam


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