Please be sure to read our guidelines below, thoroughly before submitting.
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The Oklahoma Women's Journal publishes articles, original stories in the form of prose (short stories, novel excerpts, essays, biography, etc.), poems, journal entries, quotes, recipes, art, photography and more from local women of Oklahoma.
This is a platform for female, non-binary and folks who identify as female, to share their stories and artistic expression in hopes to inspire healing and empowerment to the community.
Please do not use our submissions for self or business promotion.
Your submission will not be accepted.
The Oklahoma Women's Journal LLC; also referred to as The OWJ, OWJ, and The Ok Women's Journal.
Please give a 2-5 month window to be notified if your submission has been accepted or denied.
Keep in mind: it is not guaranteed that your submission will be accepted. The Editorial Staff determines this, along with making any edits/adjustments to the work(s) if necessary (if this is the case, you will be sent a copy of the edit(s) for approval). *Please be patient with us as we are a brand new independent publication, and with that being said, we are still working through the kinks. This publication was extremely needed in the community, as your many submissions have validated that, and we are doing our very best to create a better response system. Thank you so much for your patience! :)
Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
Please allow NO MORE than 2-3 submissions per person, per quarter.
If your submitted work has been previously published we ask that you allow a 6 month window from when it was last published before submitting again. If your work has been accepted elsewhere please withdraw your work from consideration. Please note we do give preference to original and unique work to The OWJ. The OWJ holds first publication rights for one year after publication.
The Oklahoma Women's Journal holds the right to edit work once said work has been submitted and accepted by the OWJ editorial staff. Upon acceptance, the editorial staff then will decide which volume to publish said work. An Oklahoma Women's Journal team member will be in contact for author's approval. Keep in mind, if your work requires heavy editing, this may lower the chance of being accepted for our print publication.
All written submissions need to be in either Word format or Google docs. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A PDF COPY OF YOUR WRITINGS. All art and photography submissions need to be submitted in pdf's, jpeg's, or png's. If you are submitting a prose piece we ask that you use the traditional APA Style.
Please include the name and a short bio (less than 400 words). If you are on social media, please include your handle so we give you credit and/or tag you in order to help promote your work. Attaching a few high quality photos of YOU to your submission is a bonus! We actually love this and can add it in your spread [designed by OWJ staff] to be published next to your submission!!
(Please be sure the photos are high resolution and not cell phone photos unless it is in 300 DPI.)
We want to be able to share every single story we receive, however, in order to practice ethical journalism there are certain legal obstacles we face. If a submission we receive lists a specific establishment(s) and/or real person(s), it is our legal duty to change the names of said person(s) and/or establishment(s) to be anonymous. Every submissions acceptance or denial goes off a case by case basis with the editorial staff having final say. UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT ACCEPT ALL SUBMISSIONS.
The Oklahoma Women's Journal LLC follows all local, national and international copyright laws. As the writer you retain all ownership rights to the copyrights to your work. We do not accept articles not written by the author or copyright holder. When submitting an article to our site and/or publication you are granting permission for its use on our website, social media, and/or print publication. All the images submitted for any issue must be copyright free and allows The Oklahoma Women's Journal LLC the right to use, enlarge, reduce and/or crop the original photograph for aesthetic/design purposes involving the spread. The submitted works must be all created by yourself and you must be the authentic copyright holder. Your eligibility will be automatically nullified if the submission is associated with any of the copyright complications above. You will be responsible for all the legal consequences under all circumstances regardless of The Oklahoma Women's Journal LLC awareness or not.
Currently we are a small independent publication with a loyal following. We do not have the funding to pay contributors at this time. However, we will give you the credibility as well as including a social media handle of your choosing so readers can follow you. When sharing your stories and art with The OWJ, you are helping us to create a supportive community built on the inspiration and encouragement of one another. We are a safe platform for folks to be take part in something greater than themselves.
Thank you for taking time to read our submission guidelines.
We look forward to experiencing and sharing your work with The OWJ and the women of Oklahoma.