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NOTE to publishers: THEMA does not do book reviews or interviews. Sorry.

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THEMA, the theme-related journal, has three goals. One is to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary and visual artists. The second is to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing. The third is to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of stories, poems, art and photography.

Current Issue

Not of This World

Cover by R. David Bowlus

Click on image to view table of contents.


To order a copy of this issue, or back issues,
download the PDF order form here.

Issue under production

The Tiny Red Suitcase
(33:2, summer 2021)

Manuscripts accepted

The Other Virginia
(33:3, autumn 2021)

Manuscripts under consideration

A Postcard from the Past

(34: spring 2022)
Deadline for submission: March 1, 2021

To see upcoming themes and deadlines for submission...
click here.

Editorial mischief!

The editor of THEMA Literary Journal has a new creative nonfiction book,

Seeing the Elephant:
The 1920 Frank Reaugh Sketch Trip to the Grand Canyon

released on February  26, 2021, by Sunstone Press.

It is based on the diary kept by her aunt during the 1920 trip.


Issues  Our themes, from 1988 to present. Back issues are available at $15 per copy ($20, outside the USA).

Submissions  Guidelines and upcoming themes... how to submit your work to THEMA

Subscriptions  Three issues a year for only $30/year ($40 for delivery outside USA)

About  How fortune cookies became food for thought

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Premise: Communication (from past issues)

Please note that we do not do interviews or book reviews in THEMA.

To read a recent New Pages review of THEMA, click here.
For an earlier reviews, click here and here



Good resources for writers:

NewPages.com alternatives in print and media

Duotrope.com free resource for fiction writers and poets

Poets & Writers serving creative writers

Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide, a helpful poetry-related resource

Forum for writers: Writer's Beat

THEMA isn't for everyone! To find out why, click here.

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