3 Poems by John Bennett

November 25, 2013

… Ask the creamer / about our ancestor’s first gathering, a time when / things were far from dishwasher safe.

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Matching Sheets by Kristen Gentry

November 22, 2013

Mama said she’s tired, but I know she’s not.

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Stop It: by Kimi Traube

November 18, 2013

Even when love goes rancid, it’s hard as hell to throw it out.

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Sadly, our Contest is now CLOSED

Keep an eye out for the results and for our next contest!


Our 2015 Writing Competition is now accepting original work in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! The entry fee is $15 and one winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication in Issue 53 of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

We accept work in all genres, but we always suggest familiarizing yourself with our judges for a better idea of the kind of work they themselves read and write. This year’s judges will be:

Fiction: DeWitt Henry

Nonfiction: Emily Bestler

Poetry: Beth Ann Fennelly

Fiction and poetry entries should not exceed 7500 words (or about 30 double spaced pages). Poetry entries may be up to 5 pages. Previously published work will not be considered for entry. US entries only. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2014.

To send us your work via Submittable, please go to SUBMIT.

No emailed or mailed submissions will be considered.

For more information and guidelines, please read our contest FAQs.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Best of Luck!

-The Staff of Columbia: A Journal.

PLEASE NOTE: All entries should be labeled with genre in the name of the submission. For example: if you are submitting a short story with the title “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” then the title of your submission must be “A Good Man is Hard to Find – Fiction.”

Questions? Check out our FAQ

Still have questions?

Email questions only to Emailed submissions will not be considered.

Good Luck!

–The Editors