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.

  • 2018 Winter Contest: Open from November 2, 2018 through December 15, 2018, and accepting fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

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

We accept simultaneous submissions (even for the winter contest), 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.

Ends on December 15, 2018$15.00
$15.00

This year's Winter Contest judge for poetry is Jericho Brown.

We accept all forms of poetry (prose poetry, lyric, formal, etc). Please send up to three 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.

This year's Nonfiction Judge is Alexander Chee.

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. 

Ends on December 15, 2018$15.00
$15.00

This year's Fiction Judge is Lauren Wilkinson.

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. 

We’re delighted to announce the new print issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and ArtIssue #56 features fiction by Naomi Williams, poetry by Rosebud Ben-Oni and Jason Schneiderman, translations of Victor Pelevin and Motuo Baby, and written works by David Wojnarowicz, and more! This issue is one of our most exciting yet.

This year's issue costs $15 (that includes shipping).

Also, add on last year's issue (Issue #55), for just $10. 

Currently we're only shipping to the United States and Canada. If you'd like your copy delievered somewhere else, please contact us at: publisher.columbia@gmail.com

Note: This is not to submit work for consideration, simply to purchase copies of the Journal.

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