The backroad Journal: The backroad Journal - about

writing on discovery - encounter - experience 

backroad books continues its release of limited edition publications with The backroad Journal. Influenced by the long tradition of the printed chapbook, this new publication is small, simply produced, and accessible.  

Find out more about chapbooks at the V&A's National Art Library here. 

The backroad Journal will feature a diverse selection of short form writing encompassing fiction, nonfiction and poetry, along with a selection of illustrations, which all explore the underlying theme of discovery, encounter, and experience. Published pieces will include original content along with carefully considered previously published work that deserves a wider readership. While proudly based in Suffolk, The backroad Journal has an international vision.  

It is intended that there will be occassional special issues of The backroad Journal, the first one being Number 3: FOOD 

Each issue of the Journal will be published in a limited edition of now more than 300 copies. It will be A5 in size, produced using Riso printing on Munken Pure paper stock with recycled Cairn Eco for the cover. It will not be reprinted and there will not be an e-edition. It will be affordably priced and cost no more than a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.  

Submissions and Commissions 

The backroad Journal aims to champion unknown writing and encourage reading from the printed page. It has an open submission policy and will consider short pieces of fiction and nonfiction up to approximately 600 words in length, and poems that fit within one or two pages of A5 all exploring the publication's theme of "discovery - encounter - experience," which can be interpreted in the broadest sense. Contributors do not have to be professional writers but their work should show a passion for quality writing and express an original voice. Previously unpublished writers, experimental work and collaborations between wrtiers and artists are especially encouraged. The Journal will also commission original content.  

Artists are welcome to send in black and white illustrations as examples of their work for consideration. As the published illustrations are selected to respond to the writing, you may well be asked to produce something specific to fit a piece of writing.  

Currently The backroad Journal is not able to pay contributors but they will receive a copy of the journal and a small thank you gift. Contributors will also have the option to purchase additional copies of the journal at a special price.  

If you would like to submitt your work or have an idea for content for the Journal: please send an email to with "the backroad journal submission" in the subject line.