Adanna Literary Journal

Why Adanna?

Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.”  This literary journal is titled Adanna because women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and, most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Today women are still bound by complex roles in society, often needing to wear more than one hat or sacrifice one role so another may flourish.

While this journal is dedicated to women, it is not exclusive, and it welcomes our counterparts and their thoughts about women today. Submissions to Adanna must reflect women’s issues or topics, celebrate womanhood, and shout out in passion.  To learn more about Adanna, visit a Review by Bethany Zohner, "New Pages."  Adanna listed with Michael R. Burch's The HyperTexts.

Adanna is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in New Jersey with the intention to serve and support the community of writers and artists nationally and internationally. We publish work that speaks to women’s issues and topics.  The journal is funded independently by its founder, submission fees for our special editions and through sales of our journals.  This funding helps those who cannot afford submission fees and submit to our annual print publication.  A special thank you to our subscribers whose monetary contributions help offset costs.

Guest editors have included:  David Crews, Laura Freedgood, Deborah Gerrish, Rae Gouirand, Diane Lockward, Lynne McEniry, Mary Ann Buddenberg Miller, Michelle Ovalle, and Laura Winters. 

2023 Issue #13 - New Release

Special Issue
Mothering in a Pandemic


Dr. Christine Redman-Waldeyer, Editor of Adanna Literary Journal pictured with 
Dr. Mary Ann Miller, Editor of Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 
at the 2019 AWP Conference Portland, Oregon (March 27-30).

Excited to meet "Freewriting Guru" Peter Elbow

The Adanna Literary Journal is a privately funded press.  We thank all of our contributers and readers who help support Adanna as both subscribers and entrants to our contests.