Why should you submit to Columbia Journal?
We're dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices 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 authors need your visionary, experimental work - work you're proud of - for our Contest, Online, and Print publications.


  • Issue 55 Print Submissions: May 31st, 2016 - September 30th, 2016

  • Writing Contest: October 3rd, 2016 - December 31st, 2016

  • Journal Website: October 1st, 2016 - May 31st, 2017
Ends in 5 days, 19 hours

Submissions should be no more than 7,500 words.

Simultaneous submissions are fine; we just ask that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere, or withdraw it via Submittable.

Ends in 5 days, 19 hours

You may submit up to five pages of poetry.

Simultaneous submissions are fine; we just ask that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere, or withdraw it via Submittable.

Ends in 5 days, 19 hours

Submissions should be no more than 7,500 words.

Simultaneous submissions are fine; we just ask that you notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere, or withdraw it via Submittable.

Ends on November 7, 2016
Do you want to be president someday? How do you feel about monarchies and queens? Have you survived an upbringing in a dictatorship?

The first themed feature for Columbia Journal's website is "The Election & Politics". Please submit to us, until November 7th, 2016 (a deliberately chosen date), your poetry, essays, nonfiction, fiction, translated works, art, music, film, literary rants, polemics, prayers, and speeches concerning whatever burns brightest in your heart when we say the words "election" or "politics". 

Please keep in mind that we are a publication of literature and art, and we will publish works appropriate to those categories - we are not the news, and we are not a blog.

Guest editor Joobin Bekhrad will review the best submissions, and may comment on the ones he chooses for us to publish. We are grateful for his involvement, and hope to learn from his unique perspective as a writer and editor.

More about Joobin:

An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT (www.reorientmag.com), a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. He has contributed to such publications as the Cairo Review of Global AffairsThe GuardianAestheticaArtsyChristie’sEncyclopaedia IranicaHarper’s Bazaar Art ArabiaCanvas, and Songlines, been interviewed by news outlets such as Newsweek and the CBC, and seen his articles translated into Persian, Arabic, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, among other languages. Primarily writing about visual art, literature, music, and film, many of his articles focus on subjects such as identity, Persian culture, and the experience of living in the Iranian diaspora. In 2015, Joobin was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. He is also the author of a new translation of Omar Khayyam’s poems from Persian into English, a foreword to Mahdi Ehsaei’s Afro-Iran, and Coming Down Again, a forthcoming novella.

Joobin Bekhrad
Editor, REORIENT // Content Producer

Please keep your submissions under 5,000 words (prose) or 5 pages (poetry) or 5 items (all others).

Prose & Poetry: Your submission should be in a 
DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format

Visual Art: JPG, PNG
Video: A link (preferred), or MP3, MOV, AVI
Sound: MP3, M4A, OGG, WAV, AAC

Include your name and a short (300 words or less) bio should be included in the cover letter. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.