Jonathan is a literary journal featuring short fiction by self-identified queer male writers from all across the LGBTQ spectrum. Named after the lesser-known close friend (and speculated lover) of King David in the Old Testament, Jonathan is published twice a year. 


 Jonathan: A Queer Fiction Journal
ISSN: 2168-961X
Raymond Luczak, Editor

Issues Available in PAPERBACK 



JONATHAN ISSUE 01 – December 2012 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-30-7): features Daniel Nathan Terry, Paul Lisicky, Matthew R. Loney, Eric Norris, James Powers-Black, Chip Livingston, Philip Dean Walker, Ian Young, Reginald T. Jackson, and Wendell Ricketts.


JONATHAN ISSUE 02 – May 2013 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-43-7): features Steven Cordova, Aaron Hamburger, Telly McGaha, Andrew Demcak, Eric Nguyen, Michael Thomas Ford, Jonathan Vatner, Robert Smith, Kenneth Pobo, and Michael Carroll.

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JONATHAN ISSUE 03 – September 2013 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-52-9): features Nathan Alling Long, Eric Karl Anderson, John M. Bonanni, Jon McDonald, Matt Dean, Mike Kaspar, Collin Kelley, Jeff Mann, Jonathan Sanford, and Lou Dellaguzzo.


JONATHAN ISSUE 04 – December 2013 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-62-8): features Bryan Castille, Gerard Cabrera, Louis Flint Ceci, James Powers-Black, Jonathan Mack, Timothy Carson, Cameron L. Mitchell, M.J. Arcangelini, Shaun Turner, James Cihlar, and Gregg Shapiro.


JONATHAN ISSUE 05 – May 2014 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-71-0): features Chuck Teixeira, Robby Nadler, Trebor Healey, Matt Dean, Lance Garland, R. Daniel Evans, Lewis DeSimone, Mitch Goldsmith, Arthur Durkee, and Jonathan Corcoran.

JONATHAN ISSUE 06 – September 2014 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-74-1): features Adam Bartley, Ian Young, Mike Kaspar, Jonathan Harper, Mark Ward, B.V. Marshall, Philip Dean Walker, Thomas Malcolm Ross, Andy Sinclair, and Juned Subhan.

JONATHAN ISSUE 07 – December 2014 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-85-7): features Mitch Kellaway, Wayne Courtois, Jorge Cino, Robert Siek, James Schwartz, Tom Hardin, Jae Christopher, Wes Funk, Reginald T. Jackson, Jerry L. Wheeler, Patrick Pink, and Gregory Gerard.


JONATHAN ISSUE 08 – May 2015 – (ISBN: 978-1-937420-94-9): features stories by David M. Lydon, Brad Windhauser, Kevin Shaw, Whittier Strong, Scott David, Jonathan Mack, Alex-Quan Pham, J. Scott Coatsworth, Charles McCrory, Peter Dubé, and Arthur Durkee, and cover art by Heyd Fontenot.

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JONATHAN ISSUE 09 – September 2015 – (ISBN: 978-1-943977-01-7): Issue 09 of Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction features stories by Robert Patrick, Gregg Shapiro, Gerard Cabrera, Ken Shakin, Calvin Gimpelevich, Dale Corvino, Andrew L. Huerta, Robert Hyers, Philip Dean Walker, Brandon Taylor, Lewis Desimone, and Michael Alenyikov, with cover art by Andrew Bertke.

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JONATHAN ISSUE 10 – December 2015 – (ISBN: 978-1-943977-01-7): Issue 10 of Jonathan: A Journal of Queer Male Fiction (and our last issue featuring only male-identified writers) features stories by Chuck Teixeira, CJ Southworth, Alex Vigue, Thomas Kearnes, Patrick Pink, Bill Mathis, Dennis Milam Bensie, John Whittier Treat, Gabriel Lampert, Jason K. Friedman, and Miah Jeffra, with cover art by Michael Guiang.



I’m very happy to announce that starting with Issue 11 of JONATHAN, submissions will be accepted from writers across the LBGTQ spectrum. This means we’ll be bringing you the best in short fiction from not only male-identified queer writers, but also female-identified queer writers, trans* writers, bisexual writers, non-binary writers, and genderqueer writers. This is why, starting with the next issue, JONATHAN’s subtitle will read: A QUEER FICTION JOURNAL.

I’m also altering the calendar a bit. JONATHAN will now appear twice a year. Because of this, we have only seven slots available for the 11th issue, which will come out in March 2016. We’re open to reading new work for JONATHAN 11 only between now and December 31, 2015.

A few things to consider before clicking on that Send button:

1. In your cover letter, you must state how you identify yourself as a queer person (trans*, lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, genderqueer, etc.). Why? We’re actively seeking diversity.

2. Stories cannot be any longer than 4,500 words; a combination of flash fictions or short-shorts adding up to 4,500 words is acceptable. Stand-alone excerpts from a novel in progress are fine too. No reprints, though, but subject matter is wide open.

3. It is possible that if there isn’t enough room for your accepted work in JONATHAN 11, it may be moved to JONATHAN 12.

4. Submissions must be sent electronically as either MS Word (either .rtf or .doc) or Pages (.pages) files. The email address is

5. In terms of cover art, we are looking to featuring visual work by those who identify as trans*, lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, or genderqueer. Please send your online portfolio URL to

As before, the next reading period for JONATHAN 12 and 13 will last from June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016.


The Editor. Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of multiple books, including How to Kill Poetry (Sibling Rivalry Press, March 2013), Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience (Squares & Rebels, October 2012), Road Work Ahead (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011), and Mute (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). His novel Men With Their Hands (Queer Mojo, 2009) won first place in the Project: QueerLit 2006 Contest. Most recently, he served as editor for QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. []