Welcome to the Jewish Literary Journal!

The Yeshiva Poetry Society and the Jewish Literary Journal are proud to announce their first international high school poetry competition!

All submissions must be Jewish in nature. Although the concept of “Jewish” is a broad and vague one, leaving this term undefined will allow for the largest breadth of material to qualify for publication. However, final say of what falls under the category of “Jewish” will remain under the purview of the competition staff.
Poem Guidelines
- There is no limit on structure, form, or content, aside from being related to Judaism or the Jewish experience
- Maximum of two poems per person
- Both poems should not be over 5 pages in total
- Only one submission per person
- Each poem must be the submitter’s original work.
- Previously published work is allowed.
How to Submit
The Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2015
Submissions should be sent to editors@jewishliteraryjournal.com, attached as a Word (.doc, .docx) document.
The subject line must state the name of the author/submitter and “High School Poetry Contest” (e.g. John Smith, High School Poetry Contest).
The body of email should state the name, grade, high-school, high-school city, and means of contact of the submitting poet.

Art and Photography are now here! Check out Volume 1!

Mission Statement

The Jewish Literary Journal aims to publish the best in creative writing that deals with Jewish themes and Jewish identity. Its purpose is to display works that would perhaps go unnoticed otherwise, that can deepen conversation, and continue the tradition of rich Jewish expression.

The Jewish Literary Journal is the only online venue that publishes all genres of Jewish creative writing on a regular basis.

January 2015 (Issue 19)

Cherry Blossoms – Sam Oppenheim

Creative Non-Fiction:
A Thousand Men And A Ghost – Mel Waldman

Love Me Like Eve – Catherine Wald

To Irena – Phil Kershner


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