About Us

:: Mission ::

The Account: A Jour­nal of Poet­ry, Prose, and Thought orig­i­nat­ed late one night. 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


:: Masthead ::


Tyler Mills, Editor-in-Chief 

Tyler Mills is the author of Hawk Para­ble (win­ner of the Akron Poet­ry Prize, Uni­ver­si­ty of Akron Press 2019) and Tongue Lyre (win­ner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poet­ry First Book Award, South­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­si­ty Press 2013), as well as The City Scat­tered (win­ner of the 2019 Snow­bound Chap­book Award, forth­com­ing from Tupe­lo Press). Her poems have appeared in The New York­erThe GuardianThe New Repub­licThe Believ­er, and Poet­ry, and her essays in AGNI, Cop­per Nick­el, and The Rum­pus. Her mixed media visu­al works have appeared in Poet­ry and Tupe­lo Quar­ter­ly. The recip­i­ent of res­i­den­cies from Yad­do, Rag­dale, and the Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­ter, and fel­low­ships from Bread Loaf, Sewa­nee, and the Keny­on Review Writ­ers Work­shop, Tyler Mills teach­es for Sarah Lawrence Col­lege’s Writ­ing Insti­tute and the Province­town Fine Arts Work Cen­ter’s 24PearlStreet. She lives in Brook­lyn, NY.


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 Era of Dis­con­tent (Elixir Press, 2021) and The Price of Scar­let (Uni­ver­si­ty Press of Ken­tucky, 2017), which was named one of the top poet­ry books of 2017 by the Chica­go Review of Books. She is poet­ry edi­tor of The Account, which she helped found, and her poems and trans­la­tions have appeared wide­ly in jour­nals, includ­ing the Keny­on Review OnlineThe Geor­gia ReviewPrairie SchoonerCrazy­horse, and Waxwing. She lives in Los Angeles.

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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. 

Sarah Sillin, Crit­i­cism Editor 

Sarah Sillin is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Cen­tral Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, where she teach­es a vari­ety of cours­es in Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and meth­ods. Her schol­ar­ship cen­ters on how nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry US writ­ers deployed the lan­guage of feel­ing – from sym­pa­thy to humor –to define the nation’s place in the larg­er world. Her work appears in J19, theJour­nal of Amer­i­can Stud­iesEar­ly Amer­i­can Lit­er­a­ture, MELUSLit­er­a­ture of the Ear­ly Amer­i­can Repub­lic, the LA Review of Books Quar­ter­ly Jour­nal, and the African-Amer­i­can Review. She is also a co-edi­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Under­grad­u­ate Research and Cre­ative Activ­i­ty.


We want to express our grat­i­tude to Megan Milks, our for­mer fic­tion edi­tor, as they step down after four years with The Account. Megan has curat­ed an engag­ing, pow­er­ful fic­tion sec­tion that we’re incred­i­bly proud of.