Our goal is to elevate writing and art—both in our print issue and our online features—that gives pleasure even as it bristles against tradition and addresses the important questions of the day.

Submit to our annually printed journal: issue 55 is in the works! Take a look at what our previous print issues to get an idea of what we produce with your work.

Our annual writing contest opens on October 3rd and will stay open until December 12th, and the winners will be featured in Issue 55 as well.

Submissions to our online journal, aka this website, will resume on October 1st. We appreciate your patience as we use the summer break to respond to our generously thick stack of online submissions!

Exact Dates:
  • Issue 55 Print Submissions: May 31st, 2016 – September 30th, 2016
  • Writing Contest: October 3rd, 2016 – December 12th, 2016
  • Online Journal: October 1st, 2016 – May 31st, 2017

Why should you submit to Columbia Journal?

We’re dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices 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 need your visionary, experimental work – work you’re proud of – for our Contest, Online, and Print publications.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please inform us as soon your work is accepted somewhere else. 

For online content, you may submit previously published work as long as you have the right to republish it and you tell us where it appeared before so we can give proper credit. 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.


Currently, the Columbia Journal Online cannot offer monetary compensation to its contributors.

Terms of Use:
If we publish your work you are granting us the right to display your piece(s) in The Columbia Journal Online and to use them in our promotional materials (ads, communications, social media, etc.). You also grant us permission to make necessary edits to your work and to format it to our site’s style before its publication. Upon publication the contributor holds the right to have their piece taken off the site at any time. If a contributor takes their work off of the site we revoke all the above rights.

All content on Columbia Journal Online is copyrighted by the Journal and its respective authors and artists who have presented their work therein. All authors and artists who submit to Columbia Journal Online retain all copyrights to their work. Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

We do not collect any more information than our contributors are willing to give us, and under no circumstances will we share their information without prior written consent.