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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

Where's the Food Truck?

Cover photograph by Virginia Howard

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

Issue under production

The Critter in the Attic
(31:2, autumn 2019)

Manuscripts accepted
Six before Eighty

(32:1, spring 2020)

Manuscripts soon to be considered
(deadline July 1, 2019)

The Clumsy Gardener
(32:1, spring 2020)

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

Editorial mischief!

The editor of THEMA Literary Journal has a new picture book,

The Wind Plays Tricks,
released on March 1, 2019, by Albert Whitman & Company.
The illustrator is Charlene Chua.

Take a peek: https://www.albertwhitman.com/book/the-wind-plays-tricks/


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

E-mail  Contact THEMA

Premise: Communication (from past issues)

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

Wry cartoons on writing...

This writer's woes will make you grin.

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