give us everything//but not until we ask

submissions are currently closed; please hold



To begin, obviously yes of course we want Your Best Work. But mostly we want Your Strange Work, Your Uncertain Work, the thing you made that made you feel differently about yourself for a while after you made it. We want ephemera. Work that feels like ruins. Not unpolished or unfinished due to a lack of effort or resolve, but work that feels like it was finished, was perfect, has since decayed. Work that is both human and alien. Sharp knives, cold water. Beauty under glass. Soft and stark and complex and pitiless, all at the same time. Easy, right? No problem.


We have a strong preference for the experimental and postmodern, though we value clarity and coherence. We like weirdness, but not exclusively for its own sake. Unless the writing is killer. Unless the image is unshakable. Unless the sound won’t get out of our heads. We’re not generally looking for straight genre work, and we’re not currently a home for nonfiction or personal essay (sorry, nonfiction and personal essay).


(We will of course read/look at/listen to anything you send us. You are doing us an enormous honor by letting us see your work; anyone who makes you feel otherwise doesn’t even deserve to look at it. Both of us at Lockjaw are here because we love creative work, and get a vague narcissistic thrill out of being afforded the pleasure of seeing that work before the rest of the world.)


We have a preference for shorter work, though again we’re happy to look at anything you’d like to send us. Submit up to 5 things as a single Word document; to make it easier for the readers please make it as clear as possible where pieces begin and end (inserting page breaks: the simplest method.) For visual art, submit up to 10 high-resolution .jpg or .png images (please use this method for submitting concrete poetry or other highly visual writing as well). For music or video, please submit between 6-15 minutes (.mp3, .flac, .mov preferred). Please don’t put your name or other identifying information in the body of your submission (but put your last/preferred name in the subject line of your submission email). We do not want bios included with your work (we prefer no cover letter at all), though we will ask you for something if selected for publication. We accept simultaneous submissions.


We are happy to provide personalized feedback (we really are, it’s one of our things) on an opt-in basis. Please let us know that you’d like a personalized response in the body of your submission email, or you’ll have an option to opt in for feedback after you submit.


Submissions go like this: make something you really like, and email it to us ( We’ll take it from there. Please allow up to 3 months for response, though response times are generally much faster. If you submit very close to the deadline, the response time will be longer (so send it earlier.)



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.







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

Vol VI Submissions are currently closed. We will reopen in late spring.

o LITERARY: up to 5 pieces of poetry, prose, or other text experiments (no nonfiction, please) in a single .doc or .docx file//we will ask you to resubmit if you send us work in the body of the email or as a Google doc, no joke

o ART: 5-10 high-quality .jpg or .png images
o MUSIC/VIDEO: 6-15 minutes as a high-quality digital file (.mp3, .flac, .mov preferred)

We accept simultaneous submissions//please let us know asap if your work is accepted elsewhere

DO NOT include identifying information in the body of the submission (your attachment); we will send it back//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

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.