a national online publication of woodbury university


At MORIA, we believe the power of words has been and forever will be. We want to encounter writing that makes people think; poetry and story and memoir that generate questions; ideas and obsessions that spark hearts as well as break them.

Currently, we have both a themed call and an open call for submissions of poems, short fiction, and short creative non-fiction to appear in our second issue, which will go live at the end of November. While we accept all styles — including experimental, hybrid, and conventional forms — we aren’t interested in submissions of light verse, genre fiction, and any piece that references gratuitous violence or exploitative sexual imagery. We’re committed to publishing a diverse range of poets and writers. In our debut issue (2017), 73% of our authors are women and 24% are writers of color. We also published pieces from writers in their 20s to writers in their 70s — and every decade in between — which we think is right and necessary and which doesn’t happen side-by-side as often as it should in the world of literary zines and journals.

We welcome work from traditionally under-represented groups, including women writers, indigenous writers, writers of color, writers who identify as LGBTQ, and writers with disabilities.


MORIA, a national online literary magazine of Woodbury University, is seeking submissions for our next issue, which will include a themed section on FOOD. We are looking for three-to-five poems, short pieces of non-fiction (1,500 words), and short stories (1,500 words) that are centered on and around food. Talk about the importance of food, a world without food, your favorite food, or food as metaphor—“if music be the food of love play on,” anyone? We want to crave your words, ingest your ideas, and over-indulge in your whimsy. We will also be accepting general submissions (un-themed), as usual.

Submissions open from March 30th to August 30th.

We ask that you adhere to the following set of guidelines when presenting your work for submission to Moria:

  • send three-to-five poems; or one piece of fiction of 1,500 words or less; or one piece of creative non-fiction of 1,500 words or less;
  • gather pieces together in a single document for submission and submit this document as an email attachment;
  • send only work that is previously unpublished, including on personal blog sites;
  • include a cover letter in the body of the email that makes note of the title(s) of the work and offers a brief bio; please indicate in your cover letter whether you are submitting to the themed (FOOD) call or the general, un-themed call;
  • note in your cover letter whether the work you are sending is a simultaneous submission (we accept circulating manuscripts but ask that you inform us by email as soon as possible if any of your submitted pieces are accepted elsewhere);
  • make sure poetry is single-spaced (unless the form demands otherwise) and prose is double-spaced; arrange only one poem per page;
  • submit work that is free of names and any other identifying information (we read submissions anonymously and match the titles of your pieces to your cover letter only later);
  • we accept the following file formats for your attachments: doc and docx; please do not send a pdf;
  • we obtain first North American serial rights for publication, after which the rights revert to the author;
  • we nominate our poets and writers for various awards, including the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net;
  • we do not accept work from faculty, staff, current students, or alumni of Woodbury University who have graduated in the last three years;
  • we will open for submissions on March 30, 2018, and our current deadline for submissions is August 30, 2018.

Please submit work to our email address: submissions@moriaonline.com


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