ISSUE 4, JUNE 2022


“Youth is wasted on the young,” a wise man once said. Some people say that youths feel invincible and strong, rushing pell-mell into the currents of life, heedless of its dangers and deceptions. On the other hand, this sentiment is often expressed by those in the sunset of their lives, looking back ruefully at scenes from the past and asking that painful, inevitable query: “What if?”

The June 2022 Issue of Men Matters Online Journal will focus on the evergreen theme of youth. We are soliciting poems, essays, short stories, novel extracts, plays and scholarly works dealing with this topic. We welcome creative explorations of and critical inquiries into the theme of youth from any historical, geographical, cultural, political, religious, and institutional context.

The works can be about the wonder one feels about this passage in one’s life—the physical changes, the changing mood barometres, the uncertainty of the future. When you are young, the possibilities of the world seem endless, but that is also the source of its challenges. What to choose, what forks in the road to take, in an increasingly uncertain world?

Conversely, the works can also be about remembrances of things past—when the world was young and on the cusp of change, when the horizon seemed infinite. In the middle passage of one’s life, or even beyond, one ruminates about the roads not taken, the choices not made, the boxes not checked.

Let us go back, then, to that world that was new and advent, in the springtime of imagination and memory. 

Submission period:

Jan 1st  to April 31st  2022

Publication date: Late June 2022

Further submission guidelines can be found below.



Up to 5 poems. There is no minimum or maximum word limit but poems that run up to a maximum of 40 lines are preferred.

Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction: 

A single work, maximum of 10,000 words.


A complete or a stand-alone extract of a play. A single work, maximum of 9,000 words.

Scholarly and Literary Essays: 

Author Guidelines for Scholarly and Literary Essays

When preparing your citations and formatting your reference entries, please adhere to the conventions established by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020). For more information about APA-7, please refer to

Critical essays should not exceed 6,000 words (excluding footnotes and references). Please submit your manuscript as a Word Document. The text of your work should be in Garamond, 12 point size. Manuscripts should have 1.5 spacing on A4-sized paper with margins of 1.25” (right and left) and 1” (top and bottom). 

Please use British spelling, except in cited texts or quotations. 

The title page of your essay should include the following information:

  1.     The title of your essay (in bold)
  2.     A brief abstract (150 – 200 words)
  3.     Four to five keywords

Do use the Document Inspector to find and remove hidden data and personal information in your manuscript. Please include the following information in a separate Word Document:

  1.     Author name, institutional affiliation and email address
  2.     A brief biography in third person (maximum 100 words)


Do let us know which publication or film you wish to review and proceed if the Editors show interest in it. This does not guarantee publication. Maximum word limit is 1,000 words.

Please follow APA-7 conventions for any quotations or citations: 


Do let us know about your planned interview and proceed if the Editors show interest in it. This does not guarantee publication. Maximum word limit is 3,000 words.

Language: English, original and translated works.

All submissions are subjected to a double-blind refereeing process by our reviewers.

How to submit your work:

Submit your work through email: In the email cover letter please indicate that this is an original and unpublished work that is being submitted.

Attach your individual submissions in separate attachments. Make sure there are no personal details in the files containing the submissions.

In a separate file provide a brief biography in third person (maximum 100 words)

File format: Word Document. The text of your work should be in Garamond (12 point size), with 1.5 spacing.  

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. It is your responsibility to inform us in time when the work submitted here is accepted somewhere else.

Submission periods:

January 1st to April 30th for the June issue 

July 1st to October 31st  for the December issue 

Our response period might be between two weeks to three months from the date we receive your work.

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