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  • About this Magazine:

    THEMA is a journal of short stories, poetry, photography and art, each issue based on a unique theme. What do the themes mean? We don't know! You tell us. Let each theme roll around in your head and see what unique ideas emerge. One premise—many interpretations.

  • Editor(s): Virginia Howard
  • Contact Information:

  • Organization (if applicable):
  • Address 1: Box 8747
  • City: Metairie
  • State Code: LA
  • Postal Code: 70011-8747
  • Phone: (504) 940-7156
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Submission/Subscription Information:

  • Format: Print
  • Genres: Art, Fiction, Photography, Poetry
  • Sample (Postpaid): $15
  • Copy Price: $15
  • Postal Submissions: yes
  • Email Submissions: no
  • Online Submissions: no
  • Subscription (individuals): $30
  • Subscription (institutions): $30
  • Reading Period: see website
  • Response Time: 3 months after premise deadline
  • Payment: yes (see website)
  • Contests: no
  • ISSN: 1041-4851
  • Founded: 1990
  • Issues Per Year: 3

Publisher’s Description: Each issue of THEMA literary journal is based on a different unusual theme. The journal is designed to provide readers with a unique and entertaining collection of artistic theme interpretations, in the form of stories, poetry, black-and-white artwork, and photography. It also provides a stimulating forum for established and emerging literary artists and serves as source material and inspiration for teachers of creative writing.

The birth of THEMA explains our passion. THEMA was born in a Chinese restaurant 1988 as the result of curiosity over how different writers would respond to a single quirky theme—specifically, stories involving the fortune cookies received that day. What had started as a writing challenge among friends resulted in our first issue: Fortune Cookies. It was like eating peanuts—we couldn’t stop. Strange themes kept popping into our heads; how would various imaginations react to them? We had to know! After 30 years of publication, our curiosity remains insatiable. The diversity of stories, poems, and visual interpretations of the single strange theme still delights us.

"I wish more magazines were like this one."
—NewPages review (Off on a Tangent, THEMA 16:1 spring 2004).

Find more great literary magazines at the NewPages Guide to Lit Mags.