The James Franco Review is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Editors rotate every two months and all submissions are read blindly. Current editors are Oliver de la Paz (poetry), Gabrielle Bellot (Fiction), and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo (nonfiction).

The James Franco Review is dedicated to providing visibility of underrepresented and misrepresented artists. It’s also an experiment where we are testing:

  • What happens when writers’ work is read through an anonymous submission system?
  • What happens when editors change every two months, when there are no intermediary readers, and everything is chosen by the genre editor?

The story, poem, or essay that you wrote that you believe in the most, or that hasn’t found the right home. We aren’t looking for work that imitates James Franco’s work or satirizes—writers need not be so cruel. Think of this as the open door where who you are, where you studied, where you’ve been published doesn’t matter. If the guest editor likes your piece, they’ll take it, and if they don’t like it remember that it’s subjective and keep writing.

Things The J.F. Review editors are told to consider before they read:

Allow room for what isn’t supposed to happen, characters you don’t always get to see. Be brave. Read dangerously.


Submit 3 to 5 poems at a time. Your submissions document should not exceed 8 pages.


Submit only one story or essay at a time no longer than 8,000 words. Please put the word count on the title page.

For this issue, our fiction editor has a special call:

For Issue 5, I We are looking for fiction about boundaries–stories that push boundaries, that investigate where boundaries are, that show what it’s like to live on the edges or margins or in an in-between space. These boundaries can be almost anything: sexuality, gender identity, nationality, race, class, politics–or even literary form, meaning that I’m also willing to look at more experimental work that pushes at the borders of what we call fiction. Send me the work of yours you love, but might have been afraid to send somewhere else.

To submit.



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