FAQ

Please take a moment to browse this page. If you have a question about The Muse Literary and Arts Magazine, we may have already answered it! If we haven’t already answered your question(s) here, please do not hesitate to contact us at themuse@uww.edu.

HOW DO I SUBMIT TO THE MUSE LITERARY MAGAZINE?

Submitting is easy to do on our Submissions page – our online submission manager.  Click HERE to submit or click the SUBMISSIONS link at the top of the page for more information on what we are looking for, submission guidelines, and detailed instructions to guide you through the process.

DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS FROM WRITERS OUTSIDE OF UW-WHITEWATER?

We only accept submissions from students currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.

DO YOU ACCEPT STORIES ABOVE THE WORD COUNT?

Because of the number of submissions we receive and the space allotted in the print edition of the journal, we cannot consider stories that are above the word count. If your story is 1,005 words and the maximum word count is 1,000, try to cut out at least five more words to fit the word count. While we are sure that your story is wonderful, we must ensure adequate space for all submissions.

DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL OR EMAIL?

At this time we only accept submissions online through our submission form.  All submissions received directly via email or snail mail will be deleted or recycled unread.

WHAT IS YOUR PUBLISHING SCHEDULE?

The Muse is published once a year, in April/May.  Exact dates of publication will be announced once the staff has established a concrete date. This announcement will appear on the NEWS page of this website and in our Facebook feed (https://www.facebook.com/UWWTheMuse/).  Once published, each issue will be displayed in a gallery located in the ISSUES tab and a link to the current issue will be placed on the HOME page. Printed issues of the magazine can be found in the buildings around campus after the publication date, or may be obtained from Dr. John Carlberg.

DO YOU PAY WRITERS IF THEIR WORK IS ACCEPTED?

Since this a student-run organization, there is no pay for accepted works. Writers will get the prestige of having their works published in our magazine. More details can be found at the bottom of the SUBMISSION page.

HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO WAIT AFTER SUBMITTING BEFORE I HEAR FROM YOU?

We do not contact any of the authors or artists until all of the pieces submitted have been voted on and we are certain which pieces will be published. We know that it is difficult to wait, but we ask that you please be patient, as we have many pieces to go through after the submission deadline.

DO YOU ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS AND/OR MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS?

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you label them as such and withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.  If you need to withdraw one piece from a submission of multiple short stories, poems, and/or artwork please email us with “URGENT-WITHDRAWAL [LASTNAME]” in the subject so we can remove that piece from consideration.

We do accept multiple submissions but in fairness to other writers, it is likely that only the best piece may be selected for the journal. Other pieces may be published on the website.

DO YOU PUBLISH MULTIPLE PIECES BY ONE WRITER IN THE SAME ISSUE?

We prefer not to.  The exceptions would be artwork or poems.  We value each and every one of our contributors, but it’s important to us to feature the work of a range of writers in each issue of The Muse.

WHO READS SUBMISSIONS AND MAKES EDITORIAL CHOICES AT THE MUSE?

The student editorial staff carefully reads every submission at least twice and makes the final decisions about accepting or rejecting submissions. Many of the students on the staff are English majors with an emphasis on publishing or creative writing. For more info about the staff, please visit the ABOUT page.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHY MY WORK WASN’T ACCEPTED BY THE MUSE OR OFFER ADVICE TO IMPROVE MY WRITING?

We regret that we cannot guarantee a personal response to every submission received.  Occasionally a writer may receive a personal response to work that we pass on, but if you do not, please don’t read anything into it.  It may be that your piece was one that we admired and seriously considered, but for one reason or another decided it wasn’t quite right for the publication.  Know that each and every submission we receive is carefully considered and read in full on at least two separate occasions before a decision is made.

HOW WILL MY WORK LOOK WHEN IT IS PUBLISHED IN THE MUSE?

You can read recent issues of the publication by clicking on the ISSUES tab at the top of the page.

DO YOU NOMINATE WORK PUBLISHED IN THE MUSE FOR PRIZES?

We do offer prizes for the best pieces published in our journal. It’s good for us and good for you, so send us your best!

CAN I INCLUDE MY STORY IN A CHAPBOOK, COLLECTION, OR ANTHOLOGY IF MY WORK APPEARED IN THE MUSE?

Absolutely!  In fact, we highly encourage it! Please let us know if work published in The Muse goes on to win awards or is included in an anthology – we would love to share the success with others!

HOW DO I CONTACT THE EDITOR OF THE MUSE?

You can either contact us through our website or email us directly at themuse@uww.edu.  If you’re inquiring about whether your submission was received, we’ll do our best to reply as quickly as possible.

You’re welcome to contact us via Facebook and we hope that you’ll consider liking our page to receive announcements about upcoming issues, contests, events, and more!

CAN I ADVERTISE IN THE MUSE?

No. We are a non-profit student organization and do not run advertisements in our publication.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE MUSE?

The best way to support The Muse is by submitting your work, reading our issues, and telling your friends about the publication!