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 Hawk Para­ble, win­ner of the Akron Prize (U Akron Press, 2019), and Tongue Lyre, win­ner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poet­ry First Book Award (SIU Press, 2013). Her poet­ry has appeared in The New York­er, The Guardian, 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).