Submission Guidelines

Submissions are OPEN

Submissions have been extended and will close March 8th for written work and March 15th for art pieces.

The following page includes submissions details, guidelines, and formatting requirements from our last submission period.

Categories: 

We want to express that we are not looking for work that is necessarily produced for a specific genre. We welcome submissions that mix mediums and hope to display work that inspires us, not work that conforms itself into a specific constraint. That being said, please submit your work to the category you feel it best fits into. 

Poetry: free verse, rhyming, etc.

Prose: long-form poetry and more!

Fiction: flash fiction, fictionalized accounts, short stories, etc.

Non-Fiction: creative nonfiction, journalism, interviews, personal essays, reviews, list-iscles, etc.

Academic: class papers, reports, traditional literary criticism, analytical essays, rhetorical arguments, etc.

Art: Photography, paintings, drawings, media/digital art, etc. 

Theme: 

The theme of our Spring 2024 Issue is Dream. As our tagline goes, we define abolition as “asking why and dreaming of more.” The act of dreaming of a better world is foundational to the MJLC, and in congruence with our philosophy of non-conformity, “dreaming of more” encompasses not only future aspirations, but reimagining in a multitude of contexts. Whether it entails the past, present, future, systems, institutions, relationships, methodologies, holidays, politics, fashion, education, emotions…we live in a world of constructs. To break away from these constructs, we dream. This edition focuses on how those dreams take shape and will showcase the collective desire—and manifestation—of change that transcends the limits of our current reality. We can’t wait to see what you dreams you conjure!   

*For more information on abolition, see our homepage for external resources

Note: 

Please let us know if your submission is a simultaneous submission or if your work has been accepted elsewhere. As a student-run publication, we aim to work in a timely manner to respond to submissions within a two- to three-month time frame. 

The works we choose are selected on a criteria basis that includes but is not limited to (depending on the genre): Critical lens, originality, creativity, clarity, and argument. We do not tolerate submissions that are targeting specific groups/identities or include gratuitous violence or explicit content. As a general note, we do not accept or think kindly of works that are any of the “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.).

As a journal of literary criticism, we believe that artistic and academic work has the capacity to call out/upon the context that motivates artists or writers to produce it. Regardless of form or medium, we are excited to examine the critical capacities or art.

Formatting Guidelines: 

Please limit poetry submissions to 3 poems max.

All prose and fiction submissions should be under 10 pages in length.

All nonfiction and academic submissions should be under 15 pages in length.

Artists can submit up to 3 works.

Written works should be font size 12, Times New Roman, and double-spaced. (These requirements do not extend to poetry or other artistic choices in the formatting of the work.)

Please do not restrict yourself and your work based on formatting, and please do not let our maximum length requirements compel you to elongate shorter submissions—we also value brevity. 

The sizing for art or photo files should be 300 ppi and 8.5” x 11.”

Submission Process: 

Email all submissions to the MJLC ( mjlc@rso.wisc.edu ) with the subject line “Submissions, Category, LastName” 

Example: Submissions, Poetry, Jones

Please note that submissions with the incorrect subject line might not be reviewed by editors. 

Additionally, at the top of your submissions document, please provide 1-5 sentences about your piece for our editing team. What genre/style is it? How do you think it connects to the theme?

***Please keep all identifying or contact information OFF of the submission document itself and ONLY in the email subject line or contents, as our submission process is blind***

Anonymous submissions ARE accepted. If you wish to submit anonymously, please create a pseudonym, as we keep track of submissions by name. Submissions without a name will not be considered. 

All written work should be submitted as a PDF or Word document. (We prefer Word!) Please make sure the file does not require sharing permission or access verification. 

All art submissions should be submitted as a .pdf or .jpeg file format. 

We will respond to you through the email you submit with. PLEASE make sure this email can receive replies and is one that you will be checking. 

In the body of your email, please include:

100-word third-person bio telling us about yourself and your piece! We would love to know your hometown, age, background (let us know if you are a student too!), what compelled you to produce your work, and how you believe it relates to the theme of dream. *Art submissions need to include an additional 100-word third person artist statement. Artist statements should detail both the piece (i.e. medium/materials) and its connection to the theme.

Your contact information 

If your work is a simultaneous submission 

You will hear back from us by the end of March!

We thank you for your work and your trust in us. We are excited to receive your submissions. Through art and criticism alone are we able to continue asking why and dreaming of more. Thank you for dreaming with us. 

Questions? Email us at mjlc@rso.wisc.edu