E&GJ Little Press is the publishing arm of the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things 

Open to new submissions until May 1, 2022 or submission limit is reached.

View submission guidelines for Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things.

Closed to new submissions until June 23, 2022.

View submission guidelines for Spark: A Creative Anthology.

Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry 

Closed to new submissions until June 23, 2022.

View submission guidelines for Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry.

If you're looking for our submission forms...

... you're in the wrong place! 

Each of our publications has its own submission form. When the publications are open to new submissions, you'll find a link to the submission guidelines for each publication on our Submittable landing page.

About the Press

Ember is published and managed by E&GJ Press, a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers—including those who tirelessly read and make notes on every submission as part of our core goal to provide feedback and support to writers of all experience levels.

We do not charge submission fees.

However, you may make an optional donation to help offset operating costs or contribute to our author payment fund.

  • Operating costs include software purchases and subscriptions, website and data hosting fees, reimbursement of certain volunteer expenses, and more.
  • Our author payment fund enables us to maintain a semi-pro rate of $0.02 per word, with a minimum payment of $20 per published work. Our goal is to increase our per-word rate once the author payment fund is no longer operating at a deficit. (As of today, any shortfall is met by personal donation from our editor-in-chief.)

Donations are only seen by account administrators. Neither the choice to make (or not make) a donation nor the donation amount has any effect on our review process; your selections are completely concealed from readers and will not be associated with any submission.

The recommended donation amount, if you choose to make one, is $3.


  • Maintain communication with writers throughout the submission process: answer inquiry emails, provide submission updates, send personalized rejection emails, withdraw applicable submissions and send reasoning.
  • Keep authors of accepted submissions up to date of the publication progress of their work.
  • Manage second-tier reviews and select qualified readers to join the second-tier review group when needed.
  • Assist Editor-in-Chief with any additional tasks.


  • Must be diligent with checking emails, Slack, and Submittable to ensure the magazine’s response time remains reasonable.
  • Must have leadership skills to manage readers, provide feedback, and take initiative.
  • Must be well-written and have good grammar to ensure proper communication with writers.
  • Must be able to commit at least 4-5 hours a week.


  • Must have a stable internet connection.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.


  • Scan each new submission to ensure it follows submission guidelines and meets content and format requirements.
  • Label new submissions (prose, poetry, young writer, content warning, previously published, etc).
  • Assign scanned and labeled submissions to a group of submission readers.


  • Must stay on top of incoming submissions during open submission periods to ensure readers have pieces in their queue and overall response time remains reasonable.
  • Must be diligent with checking Slack and Submittable so communication between team members is consistent.


  • Must have a stable internet connection.
  • Must be at least 18 years or older.

To help us keep up with the positive response to our publications and process submissions in a timely manner, we maintain a staff of volunteer readers to review and take notes on submitted manuscripts. This is an unpaid, volunteer position, but it may be listed on your resume/C.V. In many cases, this volunteer position also qualifies for college internship credit.


  • All staff receive access to free digital copies of E&GJ publications and a discount on print copies.
  • Readers have a unique opportunity to see trends in poetry and short prose and enjoy early access to work from established and emerging writers.
  • Authors and poets have consistently reported that spending time in the "slush pile" of any magazine has improved their own writing, and this has been confirmed by E&GJ Press volunteers, too.


  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must have regular access to the Internet.
  • Must have regular access to e-mail, and check it at least once per day.
  • Must be able to work independently and commit to at least 5-10 hours per week.
  • Must be willing to accept Non-Disclosure Agreement and abide by U.S. and International copyright laws.
  • Must be fluent in English. Fluency includes a reasonably solid grasp of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Must be willing to read any genre of work and judge it objectively.
  • Must be willing to read and comment on both poetry and prose.

Preferred skills

These are not required, but candidates who have these skills will be selected over those who do not. 

  • Previous experience on the staff of any publication
  • Previous experience with Submittable submission manager
  • An understanding of traditional and modern poetry forms, meters, and rhyming schemes
  • An understanding of the differences in spelling and punctuation standards around the English-speaking world


  • Read up to twenty submitted works per week
  • Vote "Yes" or "No" on each work read
  • Write a brief note explaining your reaction to each work read


Once your application is reviewed and provisionally approved, you'll familiarize yourself with our feedback style and standards by reading our "Getting Started"  documents and have access to senior staff members for mentoring and to ask questions. During your initial period as a new staff member, you'll have an opportunity to make sure we're a good fit for you, and we'll be able to see that you're a good fit for us, too. 


Because all tasks are completed online, there are no location requirements. We have staff members around the world, and we welcome international applicants. 

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