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. Your submissions should be previously unpublished (see below for our definition of exactly what “published” means) and should conform to these standards:
  • Fiction, under 5000 words;
  • Non-fiction, should be true and under 5000 words;
  • Poetry, 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 will consider simultaneous submissions, but request that you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We cannot provide payment for publishing your work. It is our goal to publish a paper copy of an annual anthology of our best works. If your work is selected, you will receive copies of that. 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. Posting on a personal blog or website is usually not considered published. If you have questions, ask. 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.

We accept fiction up to 5000 words. 

We accept non-fiction up to 5000 words. Please remember that non-fiction means true. If it's not true, it's fiction. 

Please submit no more than three poems.