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: Closed currently.
- Writing Contest: Open through December 12th, 2016.
- Journal Website: Open through May 31st, 2017.
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 email@example.com with the details of your request.
For the website: we rarely republish content online that has already been published. If you have rights to republish your work, and a compelling reason to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Welcome! We look forward to reading your work.
Fiction and Nonfiction entries may be up to 7,500 words; Poetry entries may be up to five pages. Contest entrants must pay a $15 fee to submit. Multiple submissions are welcome, but please note that the fee applies per entry. All work submitted to the contest must be original and unpublished.
Please note: All entries must be labeled with the genre in the name of the submission. For example, if you are submitting a short fictional story with the title "A Good Man is Hard to Find," the title of your submission must be "A Good Man is Hard to Find—Fiction."
We accept submissions from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We also accept submissions from non-U.S. citizens who are living outside the U.S.
If you have studied or taught at the Columbia University Writing Program at any time in the past three years, you are ineligible to submit to the contest.