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THEMA, the theme-related journal, has three goals. One is to provide a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary and visual artists. The second is to serve as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing. The third is to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of stories, poems, art and photography.

Current Issue

The Printer's out of Ink!

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Under production...
Was That Today? (27:2, summer 2015)

Manuscripts accepted...
We Thought He'd Never Leave! (27:3, autumn 2015)

Manuscripts under consideration...

      Golden Isn't Silent  (28:1, spring 2016)

Issues  Our themes, from 1988 to present. Back issues are available at $10 per copy ($15, outside the USA).

Submissions  Guidelines and upcoming themes... how to submit your work to THEMA

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About  How fortune cookies became food for thought

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NEWS: Madonna Dries Christensen, long-time Friend of THEMA, announced the publication of her novel, Patricide, in September 2014. All royalties go to Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia. It's available for e-book purchase (Barnes and Noble, Amazon) and print copies from the publisher, www.iuniverse.com. Check out her website at www.madonnadrieschristensen.com.


Good resources for writers:

NewPages.com alternatives in print and media

Duotrope.com free resource for fiction writers and poets

Poets & Writers serving creative writers

Forum for writers: Writer's Beat

THEMA isn't for everyone. To find out why, click here:

Member, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

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