More on Submissions

by Avi (’15)

It’s only unrequited on a good day.

In Creative Writing we are all familiar with the process of submitting. Also we are very familiar with that fill-in-the-blank rejection letter. When submitting work you must ask yourself, what am I submitting? Are you submitting a poem? What kind of poem? Who might be interested in this poem? Once you have decided upon your audience you must search for the publication place that has the audience that you think would enjoy this poem. For instance, your poem about unrequited love would not fit on a website focusing on humorous writing. There is a website called which allows you to apply filters, fiction or poetry, style of writing, and helps you find publications that have the audience your piece seeks. Your writing is more likely to be accepted at places that publish work similar to your style. There is a huge diversity of publications, and it is very likely that at least one of them will contain writing that interests you, and you will follow in the future, and will be an excellent place to showcase your work. This is your writing, and where it’s published matters. Read a the blog or publication, and then evaluate whether your work belongs on that site. The sites are lucky to get your work, do not be discouraged, when you are rejected it does not mean that your writing is not good, it just means that that website does not have the right audience for you.

Calling Female Writers
CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women is committed to publishing the diverse voices of new and emerging women artists and authors. We will be open for submissions of poetry and prose via our online system from October 1-December 31:

Please visit our complete guidelines before submitting:

The writer/artist guidelines are as follows:

-Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, etc.) should be double-spaced and not exceed 5,000 words.
-Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf)
-Interviews should be double-spaced and limited to 2,500 words. Please submit these in the prose category
-Book Reviews if you are interested in reviewing books, please send a resume and published samples of review writing to . After reviewing these, we will contact you about the book review list. Reviews should be double-spaced and from 500 to a maximum of 1,000 words. Reviews of chapbooks should be limited to 50-100 words. We’re always open for book reviews. Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.
-Visual Art should be submitted (1) electronically to ; (2) on a CD; or (3) 5″x7″ or 8″x10″ glossy photographs. Limit of 6 images and/or slides and/or photos. All art media are considered and diverse approaches are encouraged. Please include a list of all titles, media, and dimensions for each piece; a 50-word biographical statement; and a 50-word statement about your artwork with your submission along with your contact information (address, phone number, and email). Submit art separately from prose and poetry.

Online submissions (preferred):
please include a 50-word bio statement in the “comments” field. Upload your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt and include your name, email, and address on each page. Submit poetry and prose separately. Click here to submit work through our online submissions manager

Postal submissions:
We will continue to accept paper submissions this year, but we prefer that you submit electronically to help us reduce waste. When sending paper submissions, include a 50-word bio statement; SASE; and please include your name, address, phone, and email on each page of your submission. Send materials to: CALYX Journal/PO Box B/Corvallis, OR 97339.

– Reba

Due Dates

Yes, it is already that time of six weeks– your Creative Writing requirements are due!

First up are Literary Reviews, due Tuesday, September 20th. We all should know what to do at this point in the game– if not, consult the copy of one of Abigail’s previous lit reviews to understand what is expected of you.

Second, Submissions and Readings, due Wednesday, September 21st. A list of three submissions formatted like the example in your CW Handbook (again, one of Abigail’s, I believe) and a proof of reading, most of the time the program with the author or event organizer’s signature, handed in to Heather. Molly’s mother was kind enough to compile a list of online magazines she recommends submitting to:

Newport Review
Dark Sky Magazine
Up the Staircase
Camroc Press Review
Word Riot
Prick of the Spindle
Noo Journal
Used Furniture Review
Vox Poetica
Bartleby Snopes
The Toronto Quarterly
Everyday Genius
Necessary Fiction
Gargoyle (Print)
Camera Obscura
fwriction review
blue five notebook
Boundoff (audio)

If you haven’t subscribed to CWRWOPPS, do it now, and here is a list of submitting opportunities that do not require reading fees from its daily notices:

Third, revisions, due no later than Thursday, September 22nd, at 3:10. Revisions will only be accepted if it follows the CW work template and is stapled on top of the original draft. If you plan on turning it in before Heather returns, please give it to Ms. Yu, the substitute, and do not leave it on Heather’s desk or mailbox.

Fourth and final, Art&Film, due Friday, September 23rd, which, coincidentally, is the last day you can complete your requirement– by watching M at the Randall Museum that night. Credit will only be given if you’ve watched two films, so if you haven’t watched at least one…

Department requirements are a major part of your grade, so please don’t slack off and think they’re nothing. Take it seriously and turn everything in on time– those who continuously fail to to do so will be put on probation in Creative Writing.

To end this on a happy note:

Have fun!



The time is almost here for submissions to be turned in!

On Wednesday, September 21st, all Cdubs must turn in a list of three pieces that have been submitted for publication within the six week period. Instead of wading through the thick, impenetrable sludge that Google spews up when you type in “writing submissions,” simply sign up with CWRWOPPS. Join the group with whatever email you use (yahoo!Groups supports Facebook and Google accounts) to get updates whenever someone posts with a call for submissions.

Another useful website to find submissions is Duotrope, a search engine you can use to narrow down the range of your results (i.e. you want to submit a piece in a certain genre, select from the drop-down list, and all the affiliates with Duotrope that are looking for a piece with that certain genre will appear). There are no daily updates with Duotrope, however, so you’re responsible for checking in and submitting your work.

Submissions are a big part of being a writer, so spread your writing around, and get them published; as Heather always says, good writers will submit more than three times!