This is a journal of writing by veterans, service members, and military family members. We seek quality, literary writing on any topic.  

We accept submissions year round of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (including memoir and profiles). If you want to write for us, you should be a veteran, a service member (active or reserve), or a military family member. Please tell us in your cover letter what your connection is to the armed forces.

Your submissions should be previously unpublished. For us “published” means published in print in North America, or published on the Internet in electronic journals, e-zines, academic websites, and other “public” or “official” websites. We do not consider posting on a personal blog or website published. If you have questions, ask.  

Submissions should also conform to these standards: 

  •   Fiction, under 5,000 words (under 3,500 is preferred);
  •   Non-fiction, should be true* and under 5,000 words (under 3,500 is preferred);
  •   Poetry, up to three poems per submission.

The VWP acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to O-Dark-Thirty is made. We cannot provide payment for publishing your work.

We will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.  

* What we mean when we say “should be true”: Call us old fashioned, but we divide the world of prose into fiction and fact. If your story is non-fiction, you are bound by pesky things known as facts. If you weren’t there, don’t say you were. Tell the truth.

Please submit up to, but no more than, three poems.


If you are a writer withdrawing work from Hobart, please let us know that & who your editor was there.

We accept non-fiction up to 5,000 words (but prefer submissions of 3,500 words or fewer). Please remember that non-fiction means true. If it's not true, it's fiction.


If you are a writer withdrawing work from Hobart, please let us know that & who your editor was there.

We accept fiction up to 5,000 words (but 3,500 words or fewer are preferable).


If you are a writer withdrawing work from Hobart & hoping to find it a new home, please let us know that & who your editor was there.

Veterans Writing Project