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Kelp Journal is an online literary magazine with oceanic, conservationist, and surf forward themes. We publish writers, travelers, artists, and photographers from all over the world in all types of genres. We have published work from NYT best-sellers, Reese Witherspoon Book Club picks, and International best-sellers. Some writers we have worked with include Tod Goldberg, Maria Hummel, Michael Scott Moore, Lawrence Block, Stephen Graham Jones, Karen Rinaldi, Amita Basu, Peter Heller, Jessica Piazza, and many more.


If your piece has an adventurous spirit, we want to see it! We are not yet a paid market, but we hope to act a catalyst to all of you talented writers and artists out there. To submit your work please follow us on Instagram @kelp_Journal, then see the following guidelines:


All submissions are processed through submittable. Please do not send them to section editors. 




We accept all kinds of fiction, generally in lengths of under 6,000 words. We don't have a particular aesthetic except that we typically like to read work that has clearly been fussed over. Work that has seen beta readers, and curated on a sentence level. Hard work shows and prevails. Oceanic and surf themes are given extra attention. 


We consider essays of all types with extra emphasis on oceanic and surf themes. 




We also publish poems long and short and it is our goal to feature a new poem every week and at least one new poet a month. Send us 3-5 of your best poems for consideration. Again, coastal, travel, and adventure themes are preferred, however, all will be considered.


-True Horror


We are seeking true horror stories told from the first person to publish on our website. We want your personal stories of terrifying and supernatural happenings. These honest accounts of ghosts, monsters, other-worldly beings, or paranormal experiences should challenge our beliefs in what is real. 500-5,000 words preferred.




We are looking for unique takes on global travel, like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that blew your mind, or a strange experience abroad. You travel, you write it up, we will read it and consider it for publication. We prefer a multi-media experience on this column—so if you have strong photographic accompaniment, that would be preferred. A short film would be considered too.




Are you a talented photographer? We would like to showcase your work. Send us 15-20 of your best surf/adventure shots, previously unpublished, and we'll take a look.



-Art and Film. 


We're also looking for artists and (very) short outdoor, adventure, and coastal themed films and artwork. 

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