SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR ISSUE 03! 

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. 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 things out of us that we haven't 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. Show us what you got.


  • Submissions open year-round
  • 2 online / 1 print release per year
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted (please let us know, however)
  • Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Nonfiction submissions $3
  • Art, Screenplay/Play, Short Films, & Graphic Stories categories still free
  • All submissions must be in proper manuscript format

Submission Guidelines

  • Poetry: 3-5 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 5,000 words (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!





Ends on November 14, 2017$3.00
$3.00
Ends on November 14, 2017$3.00
$3.00
  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • In proper manuscript format
Ends on November 14, 2017$3.00
$3.00
  • 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 100-5,000 words (if any longer, it should be good enough to merit the space it will take up)
  • In proper manuscript format
Ends on November 14, 2017
  • 12 pt font
  • Typical screenplay/play format
  • Up to 5,000 words (if any longer it must merit the space it will take up)
  • May be a part of a whole
Ends on November 14, 2017
We are currently accepting submissions for art, both moving and plastic.
  • 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.



Ends on November 14, 2017
  • 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.



Ends on November 14, 2017
We are pretty open to what you consider a short film with this––if Submittable allows you to attach your file, we'll look at it!
Note: Short films will, obviously, only be considered for the online releases.