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Submission Spots for Students: College Lit Mag Edition

“Submission Spots for Students” is a blog series dedicated to posting, on a bi-weekly basis, a collection of publishing opportunities specifically for high school and college students. These opportunities may be targeted specifically towards students or they may be open to all ages; they may be contests, magazines, anthologies, etc. accepting novels, short prose, poetry, nonfiction, or other types of writing.

In honor of the fact that I just moved to college, this edition of SS4S is specifically for literary magazines run by colleges and universities which accept literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from undergraduates around the nation and the world. Let’s begin…

1. The Susquehanna Review

The Susquehanna Review is, unsurprisingly, the literary magazine of Susquehanna University. It published annually. According the website, the Review “[features] work in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. [Their] mission is to share writing that is innovative and brave, full of fresh language that excites [them] as readers and as writers, honed in on the depth and variety of human experience.” Their submissions are open, and they are also eligible for a creative writing prize, so go take a look.

2. Polaris Literary Magazine

Polaris Literary Magazine is curated by Ohio Northern University. As another annual publication, it has been around for more than 50 years as an outlet for undergraduate writing and art. Submissions will open September 1st for the 2015-2016 edition of Polaris, so start prepping your fiction, poetry, and more. They also offer prizes in each category, so there’s really no reason not to submit.

3. Catfish Creek

Published by Loras College, Catfish Creek‘s reading period also opens on September 1st. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter as long as the pieces have strong literary themes. From their website: “Catfish Creek is intended as a showcase for undergraduate writers from across the country and around the world. We welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction.”

4. The Allegheny Review

The Allegheny Review, run by Allegheny College and printed annually, has been publishing undergraduate works for over thirty years. The magazine has prizes for both poetry and prose categories, too! The submissions for 2015-2015 do not seem to be up and running just yet, but this mag is definitely one to keep an eye on. There is a $5 entry fee, but it also gets you a free copy of the magazine.

5. The Blue Route

Published by Widener University, The Blue Route is a biannual magazine of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Interestingly, The Blue Route only published work from students outside of its own university. From their website: “We encourage undergraduates from any major who have done creative writing in any of the genres we publish to submit to us. We also extend a welcome to readers from all walks of life, who are interested in all these writers have to offer.” With that kind of call to action, there is no reason not to submit.

6. Prairie Margins

Published by Bowling Green State University, Prairie Margins only recently opened its doors to submissions from students across the country. It is “is a national literary journal, which publishes work written by undergraduates. The editing staff takes pride in showcasing the best of the work submitted to us by students all over the country.” Their submissions will not be open until later this year, but keep them under consideration regardless.

7. The Round

Published biannually by the prestigious Brown University, The Round accepts a surprising variety of art, including prose, poetry, drama, translation, and 2D and 3D art. Their submissions are rolling and open now to undergraduate students across the country. Bring your best!

8. Twisted Vine

Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal is published biannually by Western New Mexico University and its student staff, which changes by the semester. They “encourage hybrid forms of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art that work to create new dimensions within the literary and visual arts.” Twisted Vine appears to accept work on a rolling basis, saying that they will generally respond within two months.

9. Ecotone

Ecotone is a unique journal published by my own university, the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Widely acclaimed, Ecotone explains its mission like this: “An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. We embrace and celebrate these ecotones by breaking out of the pen of the purely literary and wandering freely among the disciplines.” Submissions are open from August 15th to April 15th, so submit now. Their online submissions cost $3, but you will receive a voucher for $3 off of a subscription.

10. Chatauqua

Chautaqua is another literary magazine published by my university, UNCW. It “publishes writing expressing the values of Chautauqua Institution, broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance—and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect.” Submissions will be open until November 15th, so get submitting.

This post will be updated as new opportunities are discovered by (or made known to) me. If you have a Submission Spot you’d like to see included, email me the link at

Lead image courtesy of Victor Hanacek.


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