SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR ISSUE 10 (_print_)! 

(_cut-off February 27, 2022_)

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


  • Submissions open year-round
  • 1 online / 1 print release per year
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted (please let us know, however)
  • Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction submissions $5
  • Screenplays/Plays submissions $7
  • Short Films & Graphic Stories submissions $3
  • Art submissions FREE
  • All submissions must be in proper manuscript format


Submission Guidelines


  • Poetry: 1-5 poems, up to 3,000 words
  • Fiction / Creative Nonfiction: 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • Screenplays / Plays: Up to 25 pages (may be a part of a whole)
  • Art: Please submit 1-5 pieces of art to be considered for our journal, both online and print. (We accept .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .MOV, MP4, .AVI, .FLV, and .M4V.) 
  • Graphic Stories: 3-5 pages, black-and-white or color
  • Short Films: Up to 15 minutes, if Submittable lets you attach it, we'll look at it!



Waxing & Waning (April Gloaming Publishing) is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.





April Gloaming is excited to announce its first annual Moon Meridian Novella Award Competition. Submissions are open to fiction or creative nonfiction novellas that range from 20,000-40,000 words. Potential submitters are strongly encouraged to visit https://aprilgloaming.com/about and read through what we are looking for in our publications. Novellas that fall outside of this will have a much smaller chance of being awarded the winner.

Speaking of the winner, one novella will be notified by March 2022 of its award and will be published at the end of 2022, or early 2023. The winner will receive royalty payments twice per year after their novella has been published, and it will be available worldwide.

April Gloaming is excited to announce its first annual Apogee Poetry Chapbook Award Competition. Submissions are open to poetry chapbooks that range from 25-50 poems, or 25-50 pages. Potential submitters are strongly encouraged to visit https://aprilgloaming.com/about and read through what we are looking for in our publications. Poetry that falls outside of this will have a much smaller chance of being awarded the winner.

Speaking of the winner, one poetry chapbook will be notified by March 2022 of its award and will be published at the end of 2022, or early 2023. The winner will receive royalty payments twice per year after their chapbook has been published, and it will be available worldwide.

     As 2021 draws to a close, George Floyd’s killer behind bars, Breonna Taylor’s still enjoying their time of freedom, and countless other BIPOC people’s deaths still without justice, our humble literary and arts journal is seeking writing and art that exemplifies the BIPOC experience worldwide. In a time of racial unrest, where privileges are being called out and people are being asked to change their behaviors to make the world we live in accountable for its unfairness and injustices, we at Waxing & Waningare looking for creative work that both includes this aspect, but we are also looking for any and all work about the modern BIPOC experience, even outside of race. Give us your poems about sunsets, stories that strike a chord in the human experience, art that screams to be heard. Be deep, true, honest. Here is not where limits lie. We want it all.


Submission Guidelines:

**Writer/Artist must be BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) or an ally. If submitting as an ally, work must be centered on racial justice**


Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to 3,000 words


Deadline: 30 January 2022

Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in a physical volume to be tentatively released in August 2022. All published will receive a contributor copy, and winners of each category will receive $100.

     As 2021 draws to a close, George Floyd’s killer behind bars, Breonna Taylor’s still enjoying their time of freedom, and countless other BIPOC people’s deaths still without justice, our humble literary and arts journal is seeking writing and art that exemplifies the BIPOC experience worldwide. In a time of racial unrest, where privileges are being called out and people are being asked to change their behaviors to make the world we live in accountable for its unfairness and injustices, we at Waxing & Waningare looking for creative work that both includes this aspect, but we are also looking for any and all work about the modern BIPOC experience, even outside of race. Give us your poems about sunsets, stories that strike a chord in the human experience, art that screams to be heard. Be deep, true, honest. Here is not where limits lie. We want it all.


Submission Guidelines:
**Writer/Artist must be BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) or an ally. If submitting as an ally, work must be centered on racial justice**


Prose (_fiction/creativenonfiction_): 1 story (or up to 3 flash pieces), not to exceed 8,000 words


Deadline: 30 January 2022
Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in a physical volume to be tentatively released in August 2022. All published will receive a contributor copy, and winners of each category will receive $100.

     As 2021 draws to a close, George Floyd’s killer behind bars, Breonna Taylor’s still enjoying their time of freedom, and countless other BIPOC people’s deaths still without justice, our humble literary and arts journal is seeking writing and art that exemplifies the BIPOC experience worldwide. In a time of racial unrest, where privileges are being called out and people are being asked to change their behaviors to make the world we live in accountable for its unfairness and injustices, we at Waxing & Waningare looking for creative work that both includes this aspect, but we are also looking for any and all work about the modern BIPOC experience, even outside of race. Give us your poems about sunsets, stories that strike a chord in the human experience, art that screams to be heard. Be deep, true, honest. Here is not where limits lie. We want it all.


Submission Guidelines:
**Writer/Artist must be BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) or an ally. If submitting as an ally, work must be centered on racial justice**


Art: 1-3 pieces of visual art


Deadline: 30 January 2022
Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be published in a physical volume to be tentatively released in August 2022. All published will receive a contributor copy, and winners of each category will receive $100.

The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.

GUIDELINES:

  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Spaced accurately
  • 1-5 poems, up to 3,000 words




 The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.

GUIDELINES:

  • 1 piece
  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words 


 The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.

GUIDELINES:

  • 1 piece
  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words 




 The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.

GUIDELINES:

  • 1 piece
  • 12 pt font
  • Typical screenplay/play format
  • Up to 25 pages
  • May be a part of a whole




The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.

We are currently accepting submissions for art, both moving and plastic.

GUIDELINES:

  • Please submit 1-5 pieces of art to be considered for our journal, both online and print.
  • We accept .GIF, .JPEG, .PNG, .MOV, MP4, .AVI, .FLV, and .M4V. 
  • If you're submitting a painted piece, we'd like them to be as cropped to the canvas as possible with indirect or natural lighting to avoid glare, but because we want a lot of visual stuff, we'll be more lenient with these particular guidelines.










 The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.


Friendly note: A "graphic" story does not mean a story that simply "gives a vivid description with explicit detail," but however it does mean that it contains a visual element, such as art, drawing, photography, etc. Thank you! (Your submission will be withdrawn if it does not contain a visual accompaniment.)

GUIDELINES:

  • 3-5 pages, black-and-white or color
  •  We’re looking for stories that jolt the soul with their power and mold the mind into impossible shapes with their insight into the intimate of the grotesque. 
  • We want writing that is characterized by its visceral nature and the pulsing need of the story to burst forth from the mind to the page. 
  • If you know you have this story in you, please send us your work.







 The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

In a world blanketed in monotony—we seek to search outside of ourselves so we can better love, give love, and sacrifice for whatever art could bring. We hope to wax in truth and wane into poetics—to shelter ourselves from reality. To bathe in the light of the moon.



GUIDELINES:

  • Up to 15 minutes
  • Pushes boundaries
  • Artistically driven
  • Masterfully crafted










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