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.

To get a sense of the kind of work we have published recently, we recommend reading the spring 2018 issue of the Journal, which you can order here.

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. Please do not submit to both print and online. Our editors will share submissions if they feel your submission is more suitable for the other medium. While we are committed to responding to each submission in a timely fashion, we are a small staff. You may follow up if you haven’t heard from us after six months.

See below for upcoming submissions calls.

2018 Winter Contest (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction): November 2–December 30
Read more about this year’s Winter Contest, judged by Alexander Chee, Jericho Brown, and Lauren Wilkinson, here.

Regular Submissions (Art and Translation): December 15-January 15



Simultaneous: 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.

Electronic: Submittable is the primary way to submit work to us. Submission via email may be rejected unread. If you need to submit a physical version, please contact us first at

Print and Online: Submissions in multiple genres are okay. But please do not submit to the same genre for both print and online. Our editors work together and may share your submission and may consider your submission for both print and online.

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.

Previously published materials: 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 re-publish your work that appears on the site as long as you credit us as publishing it first.

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.

Please wait for a response to your first submission before submitting to us again.

Currently, outside of contests, 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.