About Us

:: Mission ::

The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought originated late one evening in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. We were interested in the conversations that could arise when an account was paired with creative work. We imagined a journal where writers could offer such accounts beside their poems and prose, and where artists could offer the same pairing of work and aesthetic statement.

account =  history, sketch, marker, repository of influences

An account of a specific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giving voice to the artist’s approach. The literary/art market’s tidal wave can tend to engulf the maker’s account of the work. We believe that an account can restore the relationship between artist and aesthetic.

The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought encourages writers to submit work of any aesthetic. All work must be submitted with an account.

Our writers have won the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Interested in submitting work? Check out our guidelines.

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Contact: poetryprosethought@gmail.com

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Tyler Mills, Editor-in-Chief 

Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Believer, the Boston Review, and Best American Experimental Writing, and her nonfiction and criticism have appeared in Copper Nickel, Jacket2, the Robert Frost Review, and the Writer’s Chronicle. She is an Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico Highlands University.



Christina Stoddard, Managing Editor/ Publicist

Christina Stoddard is the author of Hive, which won the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press). Her work has appeared in storySouthTupelo QuarterlyIron Horse Literary Review, DIAGRAM, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Christina lives in Nashville, TN where she is the managing editor of an economics and decision theory journal. Visit her online at www.christinastoddard.com and on Twitter at @belles_lettres.


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Brianna Noll, Poetry Editor

Brianna Noll is the author of The Price of Scarlet (forthcoming in Spring 2017), the inaugural poetry selection for the University Press of Kentucky’s New Poetry and Prose Series. Her creative and critical interests include the intersection of the lyric and the fantastic, forms of lyric subjectivity, and Japanese language and literature. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review Online, Salt Hill, Poet Lore, The Missouri Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere.


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Jennifer Hawe, Nonfiction Editor 

Jen­nifer Hawe lives, writes, and sings in Chicago, Illi­nois. Her work has appeared in [out of noth­ing] and Sub­sys­tence. She is a grad­u­ate of the CalArts MFA pro­gram in Writ­ing and Crit­i­cal Stud­ies. Her recent work on the writer as a fig­ure for con­tem­po­rary entre­pre­neur­ship was pre­sented at the 2015 Louisville Con­fer­ence on Lit­er­a­ture and Culture. Before joining The Account, Jennifer was an associate editor at Black Clock and the publications manager for the Honors College at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 


Megan Milks

M. Milks, Fiction Editor

M. Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist; as well as three chapbooks, including The Feels, forthcoming from Black Warrior ReviewMilks edited The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 and co-edited Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. They currently teach creative writing and literature at Beloit College.  









Sarah Sillin, Criticism Editor 

Sarah Sillin is a visiting assistant professor of English at Gettysburg College, where she teaches a variety of courses in American literature and comics. Her current book project, Global Sympathy: Representing Nineteenth-Century Americans’ Foreign Relations, examines how writers deployed tropes of kinship and friendship to define Americans’ affective bonds to the larger world. Her work appears in Early American Literature, MELUS, Literature of the Early American Republic, J19, the LA Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and the Journal of American Studies (forthcoming).