The Great Ape pokes its head through the trees. It’s watching, waiting to see what you’ll do. The Great Ape suffers fools gladly, so be foolish, be wild. Ask yourself the difficult questions: Can you make hay, even when the sun don’t shine? Can you outrun a 500 pound primate in its natural habitat? And is it possible to be deadly serious about being absurdly silly? The answer, to all, is yes. And the method? Simple. Be a Great Ape. 

To submit to Great Ape:

Write something funny. Anything that makes us laugh goes to the top of the accepted pile. Hint: If reading it doesn’t make you at least smeyes, chances are that we are not interested in publishing it.

We are dedicated to empowering you, the writer. The ethos of Great Ape is simply DO YOU. However, as writers, we know that freedom can be as hostile to the imagination as manacles are to the hands, so here are some things we like and dislike:
We Like…
puns; pithy jokes; dirty jokes; baths; clean jokes; satire; dark humor; levity, brevity, gravity, surprises; wordplay; surrealism; animals that can talk; animals that can’t talk; animals that can talk but choose not to; EVERYTHING that takes the ridiculousness of human existence as its central theme
We Dislike…
bad grammar; “your way” of using punctuation; misuse of the word irony; broken records; worn-out metaphors; ANY and EVERY joke, poem, or story that takes it as a given that one group of people are fundamentally better or worse than any other group of people (i.e. racism, sexism, classism, and all the other terrible -isms out there)

We accept poetry and prose, both fiction and creative nonfiction. We also accept illustrated work, i.e. comics. Prose should be no longer than 4000 words, double spaced, with your name and the name of the piece in the header. Poetry can be in any form, format, or length, but please clearly indicate your name and the name of the poem in the submission email.

Submit your work as a PDF or .docx file to submissions@great-ape.com. We accept submissions year-round and we provide feedback on all submissions, whether accepted or not.

Great Ape asks for one-off print and digital publishing rights to contributed work. We reserve the right to sell print and e-book copies of the journal in order to recoup printing costs. We did not get into this for the money. Every penny, pound, and peso earned through journal sales goes back into the print budget for the subsequent issue.

Authors retain all print and online rights to their work. If, after publishing with us, you wish to publish your piece somewhere else, that is your business. We only accept unpublished work.


Submit some funny words to Great Ape today!