The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold

By Writing Knights Press

put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way.

The Wayward Sword wants to break the mold of typical literary mag conventions. We are seeking your experimental work. The work you thought you’d never want to show anyone because it’s so “out there” that people “just won’t get it.”

We want it!

Submissions Accepted:
February 1, 2018-April 30, 2018

(these are guidelines, if a piece is a little under or over, submit it anyway)
Non/Fiction between 500 and 1500 words;
Poems between 4 and 100 lines;
Graphic Novel/Comic black and white, between 1 and 5 pages (8″ x 10″, 300 dpi);
Visual Art black and white (8″ x 10″, 300 dpi).

Email Address:

After publication all rights return to Creator.

Slated for May 2018.

Creator receives a printable PDF of the issue where the piece is included, with which the Creator may do as they please (including sell or distribute for free).

Optional Inclusion:
A 10-20 word bio, a 300 dpi black and white photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Break the Mold – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 pieces


no “Roses are Red / Violets are Blue” crap.
Send us your blood, sweat, tears, shit, mucus, broken bones, stitched hearts, brains ripped to shreds,
make the audience care about your main character
Swearing is fine if it works in context, but overuse isn’t edgy, it’s moronic.
Erotica/Nudity is fine, but gratuitous sex isn’t erotica it’s just pornography….

plus, if you write fan-fiction,
change the names of the characters so we don’t get sued.

The only hard/fast rule is: NO condoning hate speech or nonconsensual abuse….
You can certainly represent these issues in your art, but condoning these only serve to trigger victims, not to break open peoples’ minds so they can grow and overcome.

Source:: Writing Knights Press