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. 

Find our full submission guidelines here.

The Columbia Journal is delighted to announce that the 2021 Winter Contest is now officially open for submissions in art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. Our fiction judge this year is Danielle Evans.

The first-place winners of the Winter Contest will be published in print in Columbia Journal Issue 60 in Spring 2022 and will receive a $400 cash prize. At least two additional finalists will be selected and announced for each genre

This year’s Winter Contest is held in conjunction with the production of the sixtieth issue, which is themed Black Voices Now.

Our milestone issue is anchored by an archival special: a selection of pieces the Journal has published since its founding in 1977 that showcase or are in conversation with the theme Black Voices Now. In the first two decades of the Journal’s history, very few Black writers were published in our magazine. The first of these contributions arrived in Issue 5—and was the poem “Liberator” by Derek Walcott, who was on his way to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. As editors of a literary magazine, we have the privilege and honor to highlight the works of artists we admire. In rereading the pieces from our archives today, we are forced to imagine which voices might not have made it onto our pages. For our anniversary, ​​we reflect on the Journal’s history, what we did and didn’t do, and what we might learn from our past to be better literary citizens today.

With our archival special as a point of departure, in this issue, we seek to put contemporary voices that are creating art from a place of liminality—of identity, of history, of geography, and beyond—in conversation with our archives. Authors of all backgrounds have been invited to contribute works, and our intent is to create an issue of the Journal that exists as a counterpoint to the blindspots we find in our history.

In “Working with Jacob Lawrence: An Elegy,” (published in Issue 36) Lou Stovall, printmaker, and longtime collaborator of Lawrence, one of the best known African-American painters of the twentieth century and a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Arts, describes his friend’s inspired artistic process:

“I admired him because he used his art to tell the story of struggle and triumph over adversity… As a man, his life had been the struggle of minority vs. majority, Black v.s. White, rich vs. poor. He was outraged by unfairness. Unfairness made him angry, impassioned his art, and focused his attention.”

Consider Stovall’s closing reflection on their artistic discourse:

“We triumph when we rise above limitations and create a sense of order, a place of well-being, an attitude of possibility, and a desire for accomplishment. Working together, Jacob and I did that.”

We invite you to submit works that expand upon the artistic conversation and place different voices in dialogue.

The Columbia Journal is delighted to announce that the 2021 Winter Contest is now officially open for submissions in art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. Our nonfiction judge this year is Pamela Sneed.


This year’s Winter Contest is held in conjunction with the production of the sixtieth issue, which is themed Black Voices Now.


Our milestone issue is anchored by an archival special: a selection of pieces the Journal has published since its founding in 1977 that showcase or are in conversation with the theme Black Voices Now. In the first two decades of the Journal’s history, very few Black writers were published in our magazine. The first of these contributions arrived in Issue 5—and was the poem “Liberator” by Derek Walcott, who was on his way to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. As editors of a literary magazine, we have the privilege and honor to highlight the works of artists we admire. In rereading the pieces from our archives today, we are forced to imagine which voices might not have made it onto our pages. For our anniversary, ​​we reflect on the Journal’s history, what we did and didn’t do, and what we might learn from our past to be better literary citizens today.


With our archival special as a point of departure, in this issue, we seek to put contemporary voices that are creating art from a place of liminality—of identity, of history, of geography, and beyond—in conversation with our archives. Authors of all backgrounds have been invited to contribute works, and our intent is to create an issue of the Journal that exists as a counterpoint to the blindspots we find in our history.


In “Working with Jacob Lawrence: An Elegy,” (published in Issue 36) Lou Stovall, printmaker, and longtime collaborator of Lawrence, one of the best known African-American painters of the twentieth century and a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Arts, describes his friend’s inspired artistic process:


“I admired him because he used his art to tell the story of struggle and triumph over adversity… As a man, his life had been the struggle of minority vs. majority, Black v.s. White, rich vs. poor. He was outraged by unfairness. Unfairness made him angry, impassioned his art, and focused his attention.”


Consider Stovall’s closing reflection on their artistic discourse:


“We triumph when we rise above limitations and create a sense of order, a place of well-being, an attitude of possibility, and a desire for accomplishment. Working together, Jacob and I did that.”


We invite you to submit works that expand upon the artistic conversation and place different voices in dialogue.

The Columbia Journal is delighted to announce that the 2021 Winter Contest is now officially open for submissions in art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. Our art judge this year is Arthur Lewis.

This year’s Winter Contest is held in conjunction with the production of the sixtieth issue, which is themed Black Voices Now.

Our milestone issue is anchored by an archival special: a selection of pieces the Journal has published since its founding in 1977 that showcase or are in conversation with the theme Black Voices Now. In the first two decades of the Journal’s history, very few Black writers were published in our magazine. The first of these contributions arrived in Issue 5—and was the poem “Liberator” by Derek Walcott, who was on his way to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. As editors of a literary magazine, we have the privilege and honor to highlight the works of artists we admire. In rereading the pieces from our archives today, we are forced to imagine which voices might not have made it onto our pages. For our anniversary, ​​we reflect on the Journal’s history, what we did and didn’t do, and what we might learn from our past to be better literary citizens today.

With our archival special as a point of departure, in this issue, we seek to put contemporary voices that are creating art from a place of liminality—of identity, of history, of geography, and beyond—in conversation with our archives. Authors of all backgrounds have been invited to contribute works, and our intent is to create an issue of the Journal that exists as a counterpoint to the blindspots we find in our history.

In “Working with Jacob Lawrence: An Elegy,” (published in Issue 36) Lou Stovall, printmaker, and longtime collaborator of Lawrence, one of the best known African-American painters of the twentieth century and a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Arts, describes his friend’s inspired artistic process:

“I admired him because he used his art to tell the story of struggle and triumph over adversity… As a man, his life had been the struggle of minority vs. majority, Black v.s. White, rich vs. poor. He was outraged by unfairness. Unfairness made him angry, impassioned his art, and focused his attention.”


Consider Stovall’s closing reflection on their artistic discourse:

“We triumph when we rise above limitations and create a sense of order, a place of well-being, an attitude of possibility, and a desire for accomplishment. Working together, Jacob and I did that.”


We invite you to submit works that expand upon the artistic conversation and place different voices in dialogue.

The Columbia Journal is delighted to announce that the 2021 Winter Contest is now officially open for submissions in art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. Our translation judge this year is Wangui Wa Goro.

This year’s Winter Contest is held in conjunction with the production of the sixtieth issue, which is themed Black Voices Now.

Our milestone issue is anchored by an archival special: a selection of pieces the Journal has published since its founding in 1977 that showcase or are in conversation with the theme Black Voices Now. In the first two decades of the Journal’s history, very few Black writers were published in our magazine. The first of these contributions arrived in Issue 5—and was the poem “Liberator” by Derek Walcott, who was on his way to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. As editors of a literary magazine, we have the privilege and honor to highlight the works of artists we admire. In rereading the pieces from our archives today, we are forced to imagine which voices might not have made it onto our pages. For our anniversary, ​​we reflect on the Journal’s history, what we did and didn’t do, and what we might learn from our past to be better literary citizens today.

With our archival special as a point of departure, in this issue, we seek to put contemporary voices that are creating art from a place of liminality—of identity, of history, of geography, and beyond—in conversation with our archives. Authors of all backgrounds have been invited to contribute works, and our intent is to create an issue of the Journal that exists as a counterpoint to the blindspots we find in our history.

In “Working with Jacob Lawrence: An Elegy,” (published in Issue 36) Lou Stovall, printmaker, and longtime collaborator of Lawrence, one of the best known African-American painters of the twentieth century and a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Arts, describes his friend’s inspired artistic process:

“I admired him because he used his art to tell the story of struggle and triumph over adversity… As a man, his life had been the struggle of minority vs. majority, Black v.s. White, rich vs. poor. He was outraged by unfairness. Unfairness made him angry, impassioned his art, and focused his attention.”


Consider Stovall’s closing reflection on their artistic discourse:

“We triumph when we rise above limitations and create a sense of order, a place of well-being, an attitude of possibility, and a desire for accomplishment. Working together, Jacob and I did that.”


We invite you to submit works that expand upon the artistic conversation and place different voices in dialogue.

The Columbia Journal is delighted to announce that the 2021 Winter Contest is now officially open for submissions in art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. Our poetry judge this year is Harmony Holiday.

This year’s Winter Contest is held in conjunction with the production of the sixtieth issue, which is themed Black Voices Now.

Our milestone issue is anchored by an archival special: a selection of pieces the Journal has published since its founding in 1977 that showcase or are in conversation with the theme Black Voices Now. In the first two decades of the Journal’s history, very few Black writers were published in our magazine. The first of these contributions arrived in Issue 5—and was the poem “Liberator” by Derek Walcott, who was on his way to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. As editors of a literary magazine, we have the privilege and honor to highlight the works of artists we admire. In rereading the pieces from our archives today, we are forced to imagine which voices might not have made it onto our pages. For our anniversary, ​​we reflect on the Journal’s history, what we did and didn’t do, and what we might learn from our past to be better literary citizens today.

With our archival special as a point of departure, in this issue, we seek to put contemporary voices that are creating art from a place of liminality—of identity, of history, of geography, and beyond—in conversation with our archives. Authors of all backgrounds have been invited to contribute works, and our intent is to create an issue of the Journal that exists as a counterpoint to the blindspots we find in our history.

In “Working with Jacob Lawrence: An Elegy,” (published in Issue 36) Lou Stovall, printmaker, and longtime collaborator of Lawrence, one of the best known African-American painters of the twentieth century and a recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Arts, describes his friend’s inspired artistic process:

“I admired him because he used his art to tell the story of struggle and triumph over adversity… As a man, his life had been the struggle of minority vs. majority, Black v.s. White, rich vs. poor. He was outraged by unfairness. Unfairness made him angry, impassioned his art, and focused his attention.”


Consider Stovall’s closing reflection on their artistic discourse:

“We triumph when we rise above limitations and create a sense of order, a place of well-being, an attitude of possibility, and a desire for accomplishment. Working together, Jacob and I did that.”


We invite you to submit works that expand upon the artistic conversation and place different voices in dialogue.

We’re delighted to announce the new print issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  Columbia Journal’s Issue 60 is a special anniversary issue featuring both contemporary work and archival reprints. With questions or order issues, please email  Columbia.Journal.Distribution@gmail.com. Order your copy now! 

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We’re delighted to announce the new print issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  Columbia Journal’s Issue 58 features work by Mary Jo Bang, Liz Blood, Christine Hume, Gary Jackson, R. Zamora Linmark, DeCarlo Logan, Kent Monkman, Emily Rosko, Landa Wo and more.
Each issue of the Columbia Journal will come with a special chapbook inside.

There are four complimentary chapbook inserts, each designed by a guest writer:

Sail Hitch,

Reid Carlton Sharpless,

Samantha Persons & Colleen Maynard, and

Skip Adams

Each copy of issue 58 will come with an insert. You can purchase four copies of the journal to get the complete quartet of chapbooks. These chapbooks are sold exclusively with issue 58 of the Columbia Journal. 

Due to complications to COVID-19, shipping will be delayed until we are back on campus. We appreciate your support and understanding.

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We’re delighted to announce the new print issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  Columbia Journal’s Issue 59 features work by Ada Limón, Tao Lin, Tea Hacic-Vlahovic, K-Ming Chang, Nick Fuller Googins, Yuji Agematsu, Joshua Wheeler and more.

There is also an option to purchase a Columbia Journal tote bag along with your issue. Limited quantities available!

Due to complications to COVID-19, shipping may be delayed. We appreciate your support and understanding.

All orders include shipping to the US or Canada. For international shipping please check the international shipping add on.

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We’re delighted to announce the new print issue of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  Columbia Journal’s Issue 57 features work by Jenny Holzer, Patti Smith,  Jesse Paris Smith, Eileen Myles, Duy Doan, Lili Kobielski, Donika  Kelly, and more. Read more about Issue 57 here.

Please note that due to supply chain delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have caused shipments of Journal orders to be delayed indefinitely. Though we will fulfill outstanding orders as soon as possible, we do not yet know when that may be.

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