Paige Bryson & Rachael Speck: Navigating Undergraduate Publications

Navigating the world of undergraduate publication can be difficult. There are so many undergraduate journals, and every journal has different submission guidelines. Trying to find the journal that is most suitable to submit work to can be tiring. After searching through New Pages and getting recommendations from faculty members, we have compiled a short list of some literary journals which publish undergraduate work. All of these journals accept work from undergraduates across the nation, do not have a submission fee, and accept simultaneous submissions, making it even easier for students to get their work out into the world.

Green Blotter | Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania

Green Blotter

Green Blotter is a print literary journal published by Green Blotter Literary Society – a group of undergraduate students at Lebanon Valley College – which accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from undergraduate students around the world. Accepted visual art submissions are featured in the journal and are considered for the cover. Founded in 1933 by Dr. Struble, former chair of the English department, Green Blotter Literary Society has been talking about literature and art for over 80 years. Originally a campus-only publication, Green Blotter has expanded to accept work from around the world; their most recent issue featured work by a student from Nigeria. Green Blotter publishes one issue each spring, but submissions are accepted year-round; submissions for the 2018 issue close on February 15th, 2018. Published students receive two contributor’s copies. To find out information about the Green Blotter staff, past issues, submission guidelines, and more, visit their website.


Duende | Goddard College, Vermont

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Duende is an online literary journal accepting a wide range of prose, poetry, hybrid styles, translations, stage plays, screenplays, and visual art. They are specifically interested in collaborations between two or more writers or artists and writers. Duende accepts visual art submissions year-round and accepts all other genres until November 30th for the upcoming issue. Check them out here.


Watershed Review | California State University, California

Watershed Review

Watershed Review looks for creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. Submissions for their Spring issue open on January 1st. The Quoin Collective, a group of people dedicated to letterpress printing, choose one prose or poetry piece from every issue to be made into a broadside print. Find out more about them here.


Polaris | Ohio Northern University, Ohio


Polaris aims to exhibit the best voices in the undergraduate world, publishing nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art. They award first and second place cash prizes in each genre. Submissions are currently open for the 2017-2018 issue! More information can be found here.


Oakland Arts Review | Oakland University, Michigan

Oakland Arts ReviewOakland Arts Review (OAR) looks for literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, screenwriting, and visual art from undergraduates across the globe. OAR also accepts poetry and nonfiction submissions addressing the life of a Muslim in America for the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize. While their submissions for this year’s issue closed on November 15th, check back next year for your chance to be published in this up-and-coming literary journal. Find their past issues and more information here.


Collision Literary Magazine | University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Collision Literary Magazine accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art from undergraduate students. This journal especially focuses on pieces that experiment with form. Collision considers every submission for special recognition, awarding a cash prize to the top three pieces chosen by their staff. Collision is accepting submissions for their 2018 issue until March 9th, 2018. Find out more here.


Allegheny Review | Allegheny College, Pennsylvania

Allegheny Review

Allegheny Review will publish its 32nd issue of undergraduate work in 2018. The submission deadline for this journal has already passed, but check back next year to submit your prose, poetry, or creative nonfiction pieces. Allegheny Review also offers entry into their prose and poetry awards for a $5 fee. Read more about them here.


Paige Bryson is a sophomore at Lebanon Valley College studying English and Business Administration. She is the managing editor for Green Blotter. Paige hopes to work for a publishing company when she graduates in 2020.

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Rachael Speck is a sophomore English major at Lebanon Valley College. She is an assistant poetry editor for Green Blotter.

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