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.
We accept simultaneous submissions (even for the writing 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.

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 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.

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 All work submitted to the contest must be original and unpublished.

Submission Instructions

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.

Ends on May 31, 2017
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 and your name and a short (300 words or less) bio should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.
Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of short nonfiction (personal essay, lyric essay, memoirs, etc). Submissions should be kept under 5,000 words. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format and your name and a short bio (300 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.
Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of poetry (prose poetry, lyric, formal, etc). Submissions should be kept to 5 pages, be it one poem or five (please keep each poem on a separate page). Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format and your name and a short bio (300 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.
Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of work in translation. Submissions should be kept at less than 5,000 words of prose or 5 pages of poetry. Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format and your name and a short bio (300 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please also include the information of the original publisher and attach information showing that publication rights are available. If yours is a piece in public domain, please note that. Bios over 300 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.

Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of fine art (sculpture, painting, mixed-media, photography, etc.) in digital form. Submissions should be kept at no more than 5 images of your work and a written description of your work/artistic objective of less than 750 words. Your submission should be in either JPG, TIFF, PNG file format and your name, a short bio (300 words or less), and your work/artistic objective (500 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words / artist statements over 500 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.

Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of short film. Submissions should be kept at less than 20 minutes long and should include a written description of your work/artistic objective of less than 750 words. Your submission should be in MOV, MPG, WMV file format and should be under 5GB. Your name, a short bio (300 words or less) , and your work/artistic objective (500 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words / artist statements over 500 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.

Ends on May 31, 2017
We accept all forms of original music. Submissions should be kept at less than 20 minutes long and a written description of your work/artistic objective of less than 750 words. Your submission should be in MP3 or WAV file format and your name, a short bio (300 words or less), and your work/artistic objective (500 words or less) should be included in the cover letter. Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again. Bios over 300 words / artist statements over 500 words will be truncated at the reviewing editor's discretion.