Why should you submit to Columbia Journal?
We're dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices in literature and art 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 who are looking to publish the visionary, experimental work you're proud on in our Online and Print publications.
  • 2017 Winter Contest: Closed

  • Journal Website: Open from January 15th, 2018 to May 2018.
Prose pieces should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be 5 printed pages.

We accept simultaneous submissions (even for the winter 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.

Please note: By submitting to the Columbia Journal or columbiajournal.org, you are opting in to receive newsletters about our upcoming contests and events.

Ends on May 31, 2018
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, 2018
We accept short pitches for an ongoing (weekly, biweekly, monthly, seasonally, etc) column of a subject, issue, or genre up to your discretion (humor, cultural commentary, travel, food, etc), as well as your first piece for the proposed column. Column pitches should be kept under 300 words, and may be included in your cover letter. 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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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.