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"The best way to move others, is to be moved ourselves;
words that come from the heart are most likely to reach the heart."

William Jenkyns

Poetry | Prose | Creative Writing - The Coffee Press Journal

The Coffee Press Journal Online Magazine

the online magazine for the creative writer in us all


(revised December 27, 2007)

Thank you for your interest in submitting your original poem, short story, or essay to our online magazine!

Please read the following before submitting your work to us.
Submission of your work tells us that you've read this, agree with it, and still want us to publish your work.

  • We welcome original short stories, essays, or poetry from non-published as well as published authors.

  • In accordance to our purpose statement, we reserve the right to accept or reject a poem. Though we strive not to define "good art"—recognizing the term "good" as relative—we will consider several factors in our decision whether or not to include your work in our publication, including but not solely: the message, the method by which it's conveyed, the style in which it was wrought, and the general effectiveness of the work. Basically, if it's come from the heart, it will show.
    Alternately, we will not generally accept "religious verse" or "greeting card niceties". Where does the rubber meet the road in your life? Show us that place. It's not necessary to weigh it down with frosting and sprinkles, so to speak. If you have a joyfully-encouraging work, let's see in "real-life experience".

  • Please send one submissions per email, even if the submissions are a separate attachment. That will help us keep track of multiple submissions.

  • Please try to keep your submissions to 1000 words or less. Submissions that are greater than 1000 words will usually see an email asking for either a shorter version or for it to be broken up into "parts" and published over multiple issues.

In regards to publishing rights:

  • Your original work must be submitted by e-mail and received by the deadline posted on the main page to be considered for the following month's issue. Works received after the deadline will be held for a future issue.

  • We reserve the right to print your submitted work one time in any version of our magazine. (As of 12/27/2007, there are two versions--a free ad-supported HTML derision and a paid ad-free PDF version.) We also reserve the right *not* to print your work for various reasons, or our editing dept. might make a suggestion regarding it before finalizing it for publication. In any case, we make every effort to respect the author and the submission.

  • Authors who have paid for a subscription can have a short biographical statement (approx. 4 lines) about them, their art, etc. It will be included if one is provided. This content is also subject to the same standards as the rest of The Coffee Press Journal, and may be edited for length, content, etc. All efforts will be made to ensure this to be satisfactory to all parties.

  • The Coffee Press Journal (CPJ) retains the copyright on published issues of the magazine itself, as it pertains to the collection of works inside each issue. Of course, the rights of each contributor's work remains the contributor's.

  • CPJ makes no warrantees or guarantees regarding your work. That is, all we offer is a simple way to have your work be published and seen by many without the hassles of super-formal submission letters, begging & pleading, etc. If anything more than a 'yes' or 'no' is expected, you may be disappointed! If you want to encourage others and contribute to our community, then you will find yourself in welcome company.

Your privacy is important!

  • We will never EVER provide any personal info (including your email address) to anyone or for any reason outside of The Coffee Press Journal without your permission, with the exception of appropriate law enforcement requests.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

(The Coffee Press Journal may contain poetry, prose, essays, and other forms of creative writing.
CAUTION: Side effects may include 'oohs', 'aahs', laughter, tears, joy, pain, grieving and healing. The most common side effects are encouragement and inspiration.)

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