SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR ISSUE 06 (_print_)! 

(_cut-off February 2, 2020_)

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, & Short Films submissions $5
  • Screenplays/Plays submissions $7
  • 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!





$15.00 - 25.00
$15.00 - 25.00

$15 gets you one copy of WAXING & WANING: A LITERARY JOURNAL ISSUE 04 delivered to your door! ($25 non-US).  

$15.00 - 25.00
$15.00 - 25.00
$15 gets you one copy of WAXING & WANING: A LITERARY JOURNAL ISSUE 02 delivered to your door! ($25 non-US).  
  • 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
  • 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
  • 12 pt font
  • Typical screenplay/play format
  • Up to 25 pages
  • May be a part of a whole
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.



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.)
  • 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.



We are looking for any length films that push boundaries and are artistically driven. If Submittable allows you to attach it, we'll look at it!



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