Suggested Places to Submit

Below, you'll find a selection of journals and magazines and other places to start looking, as recommended by both Creative Writing Faculty and Students. These journals have been selected as places amenable to publishing work by undergraduates and/or new writers.


You can start your submission process on campus. The following College publications will publish creative student work:


Undergraduate Journals

-- Currently Taking Submissions --

North Central Review Put out by North Central College, the North Central Review considers all genres for submission, provided it's work by an undergrad. You'll need to provide proof of student status (like a .edu e-mail address or a photocopy of your student ID, minus the ID #) with your submission.

Albion Review Based out of Albion College, the Review features short fiction, poetry, essays, and visual art. Written submissions are taken by mail; submissions need to be postmarked no later than Oct. 26th, 2012.

Polaris Published from Ohio Northern University and they accept all genres. Submissions are also considered for prizes and prizes are awarded in each genre; first place $100, second place $50. Taking submissions until February 1, 2013.

Susquehanna Review Run by Susquehanna University, they accept all genres. "Our mission is to share writing that is innovative and brave, full of fresh language that excites us as readers and as writers, honed in on the depth and variety of human experience." The Review's reading period is from Sept. 15 - March 15.

Glass Mountain Published from the University of Houston, they accept all genres. Accepting journal submissions until November 15, 2012. Also currently holding a poetry/prose contest ($5 submission fee), deadline is Dec. 25, 2012.

Catfish Creek The literary journal of Loras College, they accept poetry, ficion, and nonfiction. They do not accept straight genre pieces, they are looking for literary-quality writing. Reading period is from Sept. 1 - Nov. 15, 2012.

The Allegheny Review Published from Allegheny College, accepting all genres. Submissions will be considered for publication but with an included $5 fee, your piece is eligible for prose/poetry awards. (winner receives $250) Submission deadline is November 26, 2012.

-- Special Calls for Undergrad Writing RIGHT NOW --

Ninth Letter Accepting prose, poetry, and essays. Looking for prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and subject matter, but also traditional literary work. Accepting submissions from Sept. 1 - Feb. 28.

-- Other Undergrad Journals (uncertain deadline dates) --

Collision A publication of The University of Pittsburgh Honors College. They accept all genres and are open to all undergrad students - not just nationally, but worldwide.

Outrageous Fortune They accept short stories, chapters of novels, poetry, essays, one act plays, and artwork. Beginning in September, 2012 they are Beta testing poetry videos.

Red Cedar Review Run by students at Michigan State University. They accept prose, poetry, and visual art.

Mangrove Published by The University of Miami, they accept all genres.

Prairie Margins Published by Bowling Green State University, they accept all genres.


Environmental / Place-based

French Creek This journal is only open to currently enrolled undergraduates and takes "essays, poetry, fiction, travel writing, and art that concern environmental or place-based subject matter." Their reading period is September 1st to April 30th. See for more information about their submission requirements

Natural Bridge has put out a call for a special Earth-themed issue (deadline May 1, 2011),

Natural Bridge… has called for a special section on The Living Earth defined in the widest sense. Some possible approaches could include the natural world connected with ecopoetics, home places, domestic spaces, ancestral presence or absence, sustainability, rivers and wetlands, migrations of plants/animals/ people, human conflict/war, spiritual matters, city life…Send fiction and nonfiction up to 30 pages, and submit one work per envelope. Poets may submit up to five poems per envelope. No electronic submissions.

Hawk and Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability (Unity College, Unity, Maine)

Precipitate: Journal of the New Environmental Imagination

The Fourth River, Chatham College, “creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity—or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.

Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment

Earth Island Journal: News of the World Environment: “Our quarterly magazine combines investigative journalism and thought-provoking essays that make the subtle but profound connections between the environment and other contemporary issues”

Higher profile journals with the same theme: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments

High Country News: For People Who Care About the West

Orion Magazine: Nature, Culture, Place


North Carolina

Tar Heel Ink has a list of literary journals for North Carolina.

Explorations is a journal that publishes specifically undergraduate academic or creative work for the state of North Carolina. Submission guidelines are at

The North Carolina Literary Review publishes fiction and poetry set in North Carolina or by North Carolina writers whom they define as "anyone who currently lives in North Carolina, has lived in North Carolina, or uses North Carolina as subject matter." Submission guidelines at: