give us everything//but only when we ask

submissions are currently closed//we will open for vol viii submissions in february 2020


To begin: we are primarily interested in work from writers and makers of color, queer folx, creators with disabilities, socioeconomic disadvantage, and any and all marginalized groups. Lockjaw is a platform; our priority is providing that platform to artists who are often denied one.


NEW FOR VOL VIII: We are interested in long-form work, either a single piece of poetry or prose–preferably experimental–or collections of shorter work (prose, poetry, experiments) between 10-20 pages. After this issue we will be moving to a slightly different format that emphasizes more work from a smaller collection of contributors; we are excited to begin that transition with this issue.

(Stay tuned for more details on our new direction.)


We have an abiding preference for the experimental and postmodern, though we value clarity, coherence, and strong intention (we like weirdness, but usually not solely for its own sake). We’re not generally looking for more traditional genre work, and we’re not currently a home for nonfiction or personal essay. 


Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:


We don’t want you to show your work. We want you to show your bones.


Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:


We want the things that make you uncertain of who you are.


Our philosophy could reasonably be summarized as:


If you can reasonably summarize it, it’s not worth doing.


send your work to


Lockjaw Magazine is an online journal of indeterminate frequency, though no more than twice a year, including literary ephemera, art, and music.


o  LITERARY: please send work as a .doc or .docx file or inquire about other file formats if needed//we encourage longform pieces or collections of work (10-20 pages)
o  ART: 5-10 high-quality .jpg or .png images//these can be sent as a link to a Dropbox or Drive folder if they’re very large files
o  MUSIC/VIDEO: 6-15 minutes as a high-quality digital file (.mp3, .flac, .mov, .mp4 preferred)
o  PROJECTS: we’re particularly interested in experimental, interdisciplinary, and/or multimedia work that takes advantage of the online space//we welcome both completed projects and well-developed pitches

We accept simultaneous submissions//please let us know asap if your work is accepted elsewhere
 Please proofread your work before sending it//work with easily-corrected spelling and grammar errors will be sent back with a request for basic cleanup before resubmission

Do not include identifying information in the body of the submission (your attachment)//please include last or preferred name in the email subject line
Please do not submit more than once per reading period//multiple submissions won’t be considered
o  We currently pay $10 to each contributor upon publication//it’s not much, but it’s what we’ve got 

Please allow us up to 3 months to respond//short inquiries welcome after that



Thank you for your interest in Lockjaw Magazine. We are interested in you.