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Zone 3, a literary journal 

  • Zone 3 is a biannual magazine. 
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry submissions are open August 1-April 1. 
  • All contributors will receive payment for their accepted works and two print copies of the issue in which they are published. International contributors, or contributors residing internationally, will receive an electronic copy.
  • All poems, essays, and stories accepted for publication in the journal will be considered for the Zone 3 literary awards. One winner will be selected from each genre. The winners will be announced in the fall and receive a prize of $250. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact our managing editor, Lena Jenner at jennerl@apsu.edu or our senior editor Amy Wright at wrighta@apsu.edu.

Zone 3 Press Book Awards

Zone 3 Press offers biennial book awards that alternate between poetry and creative nonfiction. The Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award is open for submissions until April 1. The prize is $1,000 and publication. Find information on our Creative Nonfiction Book Award here and our First Book Award in Poetry (opens in 2022) here. 

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one essay. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. 
  • Our reading period for 2022 is from August 1st to October 21. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an essay, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology. 

We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of fiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one story. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts and flash pieces. 
  • Our reading period for 2022 is from August 1st to October 21. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

Send us your best story. We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of poetry in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems. 
  • Our reading period for 2022 is from August 1st to October 21.  We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

We look forward to reading your work.

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With this submission, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology. We look forward to reading your work. 

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