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

The following are our current reading periods:

Translation: August 2–September 15

Poetry: August 2–September 15

Art: September 16–October 31

Non Fiction: September 16–October 31

Fiction: September 16–October 31


Submissions should be sent through our Submittable. Please allow us up to six months to respond back to you.

To get a sense of the kind of work we have published recently, we recommend reading the spring 2020 issue of the Journal, which you can order here.

Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced, with numbered pages. Poetry may be single-spaced, but each poem should start on a new page.

Please submit up to 5 pages of poetry or up to 5,000 words of prose at a time.

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.

Print and Online: Submissions in multiple genres are okay. 

Eligibility: If you have studied at or taught in the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program at any time in the past five years, you are ineligible to submit your original work.

Previously published materials: For the website, we do not publish previously published work.

You may re-publish your work that appears on the site after 60 days, and we ask that you credit us in future publications.

The best way to get a sense for what kind of work we are interested in is to read recent fiction, poetry and nonfiction on and to read the most recent print issues of Columbia Journal, copies of which you can order online on our Subscribe page.



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