Columbia Journal seeks submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, art and translation for both print and online. We’re in search of innovative, outward-looking voices, stories that break boundaries and language that lingers.

Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced, with numbered pages. Poetry may be single-spaced. Please submit 1-3 poems or up to 5,000 words of prose at a time, and do not submit more than once per submissions cycle.

All submissions must be sent through Submittable. While we are committed to responding to each submission in a timely fashion, we are a small staff. You may follow up on Submittable if you haven’t heard from us after six months.

Submissions are currently closed. See below for upcoming submissions calls.

Regular submissions, both print and online: September 1–October 31

2018 Winter Contest: November 1–December 15


We accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you please inform us as soon your work is accepted somewhere else. You can withdraw a submission within the Submittable platform. If you only want to withdraw one piece (or poem) from your overall submission, please email with the details of your request.

For the website: we rarely republish content online that has already been published. If you have rights to republish your work, and a compelling reason to do so, please email with a link to your work. As a matter of policy, unsolicited and already published submissions will be rejected if we have not first heard from you and agreed to review your work.

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.