Iris Literary Journal

Iris is published quarterly in print and ebook.

Each journal includes poetry, short-fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and visual art--which includes photography. Some of the work may not be entirely in English.

  • Winter is purple: For this issue, we seek work that creatively addresses wisdom: wit, prudence, astuteness, sense, reason, clear thinking, brains, good judgment, sagacity, understanding, sanity, shrewdness, experience, practical knowledge, carefulness, vigilance, tact, balance, poise, stability, caution, solidity, hardheadedness, savoir faire. (Open June 15 - Sept 15.)

  • Spring is yellow: For this issue, we seek work that creatively addresses passion: appetite, fancy, favor, like, liking, partiality, preference, relish, taste. craving, crush, desire, infatuation, longing, lust, yearning. ardor, eagerness, enthusiasm, fervor, zeal. (Open August 15 - November 1.)

  • Summer is White: For this issue, we seek work that creatively addresses purity: innocence, idealism, fidelity, goodness, honesty, incorruptibility, integrity, virtuousness. morality, virtue.  (Open January 1 - March 15)

  • Fall is Blue: For this issue, we seek work that creatively addresses hope: faith, confidence, trust, credence, belief, credit, assurance, acceptance, expectation, hope, dependence, conviction, sureness, fidelity, loyalty, troth, certainty, surety, allegiance, assent, credulity, certitude, reliance. (Open May 1 - July 1.)

  • The Poetry Issue! For national poetry month, we encourage poets to write and send us work that moves, enlightens or inspires us--in both free verse and traditional forms. (Open April 1 - June 1.)

Note: Submission windows are subject to early closure if submissions exceed the maximum number we can consider per issue.

Accepted and Published Contributors

  • Receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears, and a one (1) year subscription to Iris literary journal (up to five issues valued at $50). There is an author discount for purchasing extra copies.

  • Iris acquires first-time North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to Iris is made.

  • We do charge a $3 reading fee per general submission (fee waived for subscribers). Please know that the submission fee helps us produce the journal.

Detailed guidelines for each genre are available at the submit button, below.