About Us

Waxing & Waning is a literary journal that seeks what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and Banana Republic. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well executed. It should scream coherently; it should drag something out of us that we haven’t seen before; it should rip out our black hearts and show them to us. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Show us what you got.

Waxing & Waning will publish three times a year: two online and one print. First 300 submissions are free!

Submission Guidelines:

Poetry: 3-5 poems up to 3,000 words each, double-spaced, Times New Roman font. Heads up: we’re already pretty skeptical about your Howl-long epic.

Fiction: We’ll read all works between 100-5,000 words that are double-spaced with Times New Roman font (or anything your high school English teacher would let you use). Proper manuscript formatting will get you bonus points. Anything longer than 5,000 words should be good enough to merit the space it will take up.

Non-fiction: Same as fiction: 100-5,000 words, double-spaced, Times New Roman. You can send us something longer, but it will have to be very good for us to consider it.

Visual Art: All visual art/medium is accepted in .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG at high resolution. Once accepted, more instructions will follow. We also accept video submissions via Submittable in the following formats: .MP4, .AVI, .FLV, .M4V

Any work that does not meet these basic requirements will be discarded without being read.

Waxing & Waning does not accept paper (analog(?)) submissions. All submissions should be handled through Submittable.