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
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 All work submitted to the contest must be original and unpublished.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.
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:
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.