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Collateral is an online literary journal run by people who mostly live in the Pacific Northwest. We showcase high-quality creative writing and art that explores the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Have a look around and consider submitting your work.

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Collateral explores the perspectives of those whose lives are touched indirectly by the realities of military service. Several journals showcase war literature, but we provide a creative platform that highlights the experiences of those existing in the space around military personnel and the combat experience. We feel these voices sometimes go unheard, and this journal captures the “collateral” impact of military service, whether it is from the perspective of the partner or child; the parent or sibling; the friend or co-worker; or the elderly veteran, the refugee, or the protester. In any issue, you might find the haiku of a seven-year old girl whose father is in Afghanistan alongside the short story of an award-winning fiction writer, or the first-person essay of a military spouse alongside the critical essay of an academic.


Our editorial vision is to be as inclusive as possible and ideologically diverse. We are interested in amplifying voices of minorities and the marginalized, and we encourage submissions from professional and emerging writers alike. Regardless of authorship, we are committed to publishing high-quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that speaks authentically about the collateral impact of military service.

Collateral is also a sponsor of free poetry and creative writing workshops in the Pacific Northwest. Our editors teach these workshops and host readings in the Seattle / Tacoma area in an effort to bridge the military-civilian divide and nurture lasting dialogue on the impact of war on every citizen.


Abby E. Murray

Editor in Chief / Poetry & Creative Nonfiction Editor

Michael Kula

Founding Editor / Fiction Editor

Jenny L. Miller

Managing Editor / Visual Arts

Eric Wilson-Edge

Assistant Editor

Tyler Rose LaMay

Intern (2018)

Cover Visual Art by Jeffrey Stenbom