Why should you submit to Columbia Journal? Because we are dedicated to publishing not only established authors but also fresh, never before published voices. We devote as much energy to seeking out excellence in the slush pile as we do to soliciting work from agented writers.

Columbia Journal accepts submissions for its annual print publication from May 31 to September 15. Submissions for online publication are open from September 16 to May 30. 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.


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