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: Open now until  December 1.

  • Journal Website: Open from January 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 December 15, 2017$15.00
$15.00

Welcome! We look forward to reading your work.

Fiction entries may be up to 5000 words. 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 All work submitted to the contest must be original and unpublished.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 "The Story of an Hour," the title of your submission must be "The Story of an Hour—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 December 15, 2017$15.00
$15.00

Welcome! We look forward to reading your work.

Poetry entries may be up to 5 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 poem with the title "Still I Rise," the title of your submission must be "Still I Rise—Poetry." 

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 December 15, 2017$15.00
$15.00

Welcome! We look forward to reading your work.

Nonfiction entries may be up to 5000 words. 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 nonfiction essay with the title "Goodbye to All That," the title of your submission must be "Goodbye to All That—Nonfiction." 

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.