Privacy Policy & GDPR

Who we are

Burningword Literary Journal (ISSN 2161-8992 print / ISSN 2157-7366 online) is a quarterly publication. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

When using the Contact forms on the site, we collect the data shown in the contact form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This information is used solely to help us receive and respond to your communications. We never give or sell your data to anyone.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one day.


We use Google Analytics, a platform that offers insights into visitor traffic. This service collects your page requests, browser and system information, and cookies generated from our site, The information is used to provide us with anonymous data to help us understand how the website is being used and how we might improve our services to support your preferred browsers and platforms. Additionally, the following data are collected and stored for activity tracking: IP address, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, and country code.

Data collected to manage your membership

Burningword offers a free membership that does not request or store any payment-related data. Burningword also offers paid membership levels. During checkout for a paid membership, you are redirected to an offsite payment gateway (Paypal) to complete a payment (if any). Your billing address and phone number may be stored temporarily, during the setup of your account when you return to our site.

Who we share your data with and how long we retain your data

We do not share your data with anyone, for any reason.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also view and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have created an account on this site, you can view and delete any of the personal data you have provided to us. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you have submitted content for consideration in our publication, you can use the self-service features built into the submission system to monitor the status of your submissions and review the data previously submitted. The submissions application we use provides tools that allow you to export your data as a CSV file easily.

Where we send your data

Unless otherwise requested by you before publication, your email address is included in the context of a “byline” of your published work(s) in all our published formats. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We never give or sell your data to anyone. Any biographical information provided by the author, including any external links, is included in the context of a “bio” of your published work(s) in all our published formats.

If you submit content for consideration in our publication, then we solely store the information you give us in your submission (name, bio/statement, e-mail address, city and country, website address). We use this information (in the way you can see on our website) solely in connection with the publication for which you submitted your work.  We never give or sell your data to anyone.

Last Updated May 30, 2018

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