2021 Spring Contest Submission Guidelines

The Columbia Journal editors are excited to announce that the 2021 Spring Contest is now officially open for submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and, new for this year, translation. We welcome you to submit your strongest work for a chance to be published in print. We’re especially looking for work that’s formally intriguing or globally minded, as we look to new, more inclusive futures for all of humanity on the horizon.

The four 1st place winners of the Spring Contest will each receive a $250 cash prize and will be published in the Columbia Journal”s online website. There is a $10 entry fee for each submission with the exception of our Translation Contest. You can read the full contest guidelines and more about this year’s judges below.

The deadline to submit is February 15!

Contest Guidelines

We accept submissions in the following categories:

  • Fiction (up to 5,000 words)
  • Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry (up to five pages)
  • Translation (up to 5,000 words or five pages of poetry, with the original text, and written permission from the work’s original author/publisher)

Submission Rules

  • Entry to the 2021 Spring Contest requires a $10 entry fee with the exception of our Translation category. Multiple submissions are welcome, but note that the entry fee applies to individual submissions.
  • All work must be submitted through Submittable (mailed submissions will automatically be disqualified).
  • All work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


We welcome submissions from all nationalities. However, anyone who has studied or taught at the Columbia University Writing Program at any time in the past five years is ineligible to be considered for publication.

Email any questions to info@columbiajournal.org

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