Why should you submit to Columbia Journal?
We're dedicated to publishing the work of the freshest voices in literature and art alongside established artists, poets and writers. 

Every year, a new staff takes over Columbia Journal, made up entirely of second-year students in the MFA creative writing program: poets, nonfiction and fiction writers who are looking to publish the visionary, experimental work that Columbia Journal is known for.

Prose submissions should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be up to five pages.

We accept simultaneous submissions (even for our contests), but we ask that you please inform us as soon your work is accepted somewhere else. 

You can withdraw a submission within the Submittable platform. If you only want to withdraw one piece (or poem) from your overall submission, please email info@columbiajournal.org with the details of your request.

If you have studied at, worked at, or taught in the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program at any time in the past five years, you are ineligible to submit.

For the website: we rarely republish work online that has already been published. If you have rights to republish your work, and a compelling reason to do so, please email info@columbiajournal.org with a link to your work. As a matter of policy, unsolicited and already published submissions will be rejected if we have not first heard from you and agreed to review your work.

You may also re-publish your work that appears on the site as long as you credit us as publishing it first. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again.

This year's Fiction Judge is Ottessa Moshfegh.

We accept all forms of short fiction (short stories, flash fiction, prose poetry). Please keep your submissions under 5,000 words. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format. Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio, and preferred social media handle (i.e. Twitter or Instagram) should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the editor's discretion. 

If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible and we will withdraw it from our consideration. 

This year's Nonfiction Judge is Ada Calhoun.

We accept all forms of nonfiction, from personal essays to narrative nonfiction and work that blends criticism, memoir, and reportage. Submissions should be kept under 5,000 words. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format. Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio, and preferred social media handle (i.e. Twitter or Instagram) should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion. 

If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible and we will withdraw it from our consideration. 

This year's Winter Contest judge for poetry is Ruth Madievsky.

We accept all forms of poetry (prose poetry, lyric, formal, etc). Please send up to five poems in one document, with each poem on a separate page. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, or PDF file format. Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio, and preferred social media handle (i.e. Twitter or Instagram) should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.

If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible and we will withdraw it from our consideration.

We accept all forms of work in translation. Submissions should be kept at less than 5,000 words of prose or 5 pages of poetry. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format. Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio, and preferred social media handle (i.e. Twitter or Instagram) should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.

Please also include the information of the original publisher and attach information showing that publication rights are available. If yours is a piece in public domain, please note that.
 

Our editors do our best to be timely in their responses to submissions, but due to the incredible number of submissions we receive on an ongoing basis, we cannot guarantee a specific time period in which a decision will have been made. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible and we will withdraw it from our consideration. 

We accept art criticism, interviews (with artists, art laborers, etc.), essays, features, and more, as well as submissions of original artwork (sculpture, painting, mixed-media, photography, etc.) in digital form. 

For written work, please submit completed drafts of essays and pitches for features. Both drafts and pitches are welcome for criticism and interviews. If accepted, our editors will work with you to secure access to relevant images of artwork.

For visual art, submissions should be limited to no more than 10 images of your work and a written description of your work/artistic objective of less than 500 words. Your submission should be in either JPG, TIFF, PNG file format. Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio, preferred social media handle (i.e. Twitter or Instagram), and your work/artistic objective (500 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words / artist statements over 500 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion. Exceptions may be made for photo essays that incorporate a written narrative.

Our editors do our best to be timely in their responses to submissions, but due to the incredible number of submissions we receive on an ongoing basis, we cannot guarantee a specific time period in which a decision will have been made. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible and we will withdraw it from our consideration. 


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Subscribe to one of the nation's oldest literary magazines. Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Founded at Columbia University in 1977, the Columbia Journal  has featured work from Nobel laureates and unknowns, National Book Award winners and newcomers. Our past issues have included everyone from Raymond Carver to Lorrie Moore, Kara Walker, George Saunders, Sharon Olds, Mary Karr, and Joyce Carol Oates. 

The Columbia Journal's annual print edition comes out in the Spring, featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, translation, and more.

Unless indicated below, all new subscribers will begin their subscription with our Issue 58, which will be published in the spring of 2020.


Issue 57 


Thanks for your interest in purchasing an issue of the Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A full list of all our issues and the contents of each issue can be found here

Our latest, Issue 57, can be pre-ordered at this link here.

Issue 56 each cost $15. Other recent issues (Issues 51 through Issue 55) are $10. And older issues (for those available below) are just $7. Or you can buy a library bundle (Issues  57, 56, 54, and 53) for just $30.

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