Submission Guidelines

IMPORTANT UPDATE: DUE TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IMPACTED BY DISPLACEMENT CAUSED BY COVID-19, WE HAVE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO APRIL 5TH 2O2O. FOR A FULL UPDATE, READ HERE.

Inklings Literary Magazine is an undergraduate journal based at Eastern University in St. Davids Pennsylvania that only publishes work by current undergraduates. We are a home for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography and art. Other than this, we have absolutely no preference or specific aesthetic. We love work that takes us into the universe, gives us a tour of the planets, and then crashes us back down to earth. We love work that attempts to make the uncomfortable comfortable. We pride ourselves on being a magazine that creates a safe space for writers of all backgrounds to explore difficult topics. All forms of writing are welcome from all genres. Our editorial staff changes yearly since Inklings is managed by undergraduate students FOR undergraduate students. Therefore, our tastes in writing vary from year to year.

To get an idea of what we publish, we highly encourage submitters to look at our past issues. Currently, we only publish once a year in print and online (although we hope to publish more frequently in the future) and are closed in the summer. During our editorial process, we read all submissions blind, so please do not include your name anywhere in your submitted file. This guarantees that pieces are selected fairly. We reserve the right to copy edit accepted work if needed. As a staff that consists of creatives, we believe that writers should be paid for their labors, but we cannot pay you. We will, however, be strong advocates for your work and promote it across our social media platforms. 

If your work is accepted, we request First North American serial rights as well as the right to archive your work on our website and to use your work, with credit given to you as the author, for promotional purposes. Otherwise, upon publication, all rights revert back to the author under the condition that you will credit Inklings Literary Magazine as the original publisher should your work be reprinted.

We do allow simultaneous submissions. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please send us an email at Inklings@eastern.edu as soon as possible.

We are currently open for 2020 submissions from February 4th to April 5th.

To submit, please fill out our online form here. If you are having any kind of difficulties with the form, please send us an email at inkings@eastern.edu or use our contact form.

For more specific guidelines, please see below for each genre. 

POETRY:

  • Please send us 3-5 poems in one document (PDF, doc, docx). 
  • Name should not appear anywhere in the document. 
  • All poetry must be single spaced, titled, and left justified unless there is a specific craft choice that prevents the writer from doing so. 
  • Text can be any plain font in size 11 or 12. 
  • Please proof-read your work. We will not allow revisions after acceptance. 
  • Must include trigger warnings and content warnings if applicable and indicate to what nature (i.e sexual violence, grief, suicide etc.). This can be indicated in the online form.
  • Again, any poetry forms are welcome including found poetry.

FICTION AND NONFICTION:

  • Please send us only one fiction or nonfiction piece in one document (PDF, doc, docx).
  • Name should not appear anywhere in the document.
  • Title of the piece should be at the top of the document, as well as the word count.
  • We will not accept any pieces that surpass over 5,000 words.
  • All prose should be double spaced. 
  • Text can be any plain font in size 11 or 12. 
  • Please proof-read your work. We will not allow revisions after acceptance. 
  • Must include trigger warnings and content warnings if applicable and indicate to what nature (i.e sexual violence, grief, suicide etc.) This can be indicated in the online form.
  • All types of fiction are welcome including fantasy, science fiction, slip stream, and magical realism.
  • All types of nonfiction are welcome including lyric essays.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART:

  • Please send us up to five pieces of photography or art.
  • Please submit your art as individual JPEG or PNG files (if you submit 2 photos for instance, you should submit two files).
  • All pieces must be titled (preferably as the file name).
  • If you are submitting a physical art piece, we ask that it be scanned. and submitted as a file in our online form.
  • We welcome all forms of art including black out poetry, digital art, paintings etc.

This should go without saying, but we will say it any ways: WE WILL NOT PUBLISH ANY WORK THAT INCLUDES EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE, SEXISM, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, ABLEISM, OR HATE SPEECH TARGETING A SPECIFIC GROUP OF ANY KIND. ANY PIECES OF THIS NATURE WILL BE INSTANTLY REJECTED.

Happy writing! Send us your best work!