Why should you submit to Columbia Journal?
We're dedicated to publishing 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 writers who are looking to publish the visionary, experimental work that Columbia Journal is known for.

Prose submissions should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be up to five 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.

If you have studied at, worked at, or taught in the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program at any time in the past five years, you are ineligible to submit.

For the website: we rarely republish work 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.

Support us by subscribing to our print journal!

Subscribe to one of the nation's oldest literary magazines. Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. Founded at Columbia University in 1977, the Columbia Journal  has featured work from Nobel laureates and unknowns, National Book Award winners and newcomers. Our past issues have included everyone from Raymond Carver to Lorrie Moore, Kara Walker, Sharon Olds, Mary Karr, and Joyce Carol Oates. 

The Columbia Journal's annual print edition comes out in the Spring, featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, translation, and more. Unless indicated below, all new subscribers will begin their subscription with our lastest issue - Issue 57 - upcoming in Spring of 2019 as their first issue. Issue 57 features work by Jenny Holzer, Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith,  Eileen Myles, Duy Doan, Lili Kobielski, Donika Kelly, and more.


Issue 57 


Columbia Journal Issue 57

Cover of Issue 57 


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.

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

Thanks for your interest in purchasing an issue of the Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A full list of all our issues and the contents of each issue can be found here

Our latest, Issue 57, features work by Jenny Holzer, Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Eileen Myles, Duy Doan, Lili Kobielski, Donika Kelly, and more. The new issue will be published in May 2019, but you can pre-order your copy now!

Issue 57 and Issue 56 each cost $15. Other recent issues (Issues 51 through Issue 55) are $10. And older issues (for those available below) are just $7. Or you can buy a library bundle (Issues 52, 53, 54, & 55) for just $30.

All issues include shipping in their cost, however we're currently only shipping to the United States and Canada. If you'd like your copy delivered somewhere else, please contact us at: publisher.columbia@gmail.com

Note: This is not to submit work for consideration, simply to purchase copies of the Journal.

Thanks for your interest in ordering a copy of the Columbia Journal. Our full list of back issues and their content is available here. We're currently offering a special for four issues of the journal at once. Either Issues #51-#54 or issues #52-#55

Prices include the cost of shipping. However we only shipping to the United States and Canada. If you'd like your copy delivered somewhere else, please contact us at: publisher.columbia@gmail.com

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