How to Send Us Your Work: We accept submissions only through our electronic submission system and our email@example.com. We do not accept submissions through postal services. You may send us manuscripts for poetry, creative non-fiction, literary fiction, and genre fiction as well as photography and artwork. Your manuscript must be in one of the following file forms: .doc, .rtf, .docx, or .jpg (for art only).
Formatting Your Manuscript: All manuscripts should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced.
Simultaneous Submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions, since we feel that it’s unreasonable to expect writers to give a magazine an exclusive look at a work, unless the magazine can respond within two to three weeks. We want writers to have every possible opportunity for success and are willing to risk losing a story we want when another magazine may have gotten back to you quicker. In this case we’ll be sorry to lose your work, but wish you every success!
Submission Fees: The Muse is a nonprofit organization, with the ambition of encouraging good literary work from Undergraduate students. We do not charge submission fees. We do not charge readers for the magazine either. Our goal is to connect readers and writers, and offer a starting place for debut and emerging writers and artists. If you are considering submitting, we strongly encourage you to read previous versions of The Muse. They are available under the ISSUES tab.
Open Reading Periods: Submissions are open September 1 and will close at the end of February.
Technical Difficulties: If you have any questions or encounter technical difficulties, please contact us.
Word Count Guidelines:
SHORT STORY, PROSE, PERSONAL ESSAYS: Manuscripts must be no more than 3,500 words.
POETRY: Submissions may contain up to five poems. The poems should be contained in a single file. Your submission should give a strong sense of your style and range. We accept submissions of all poetic forms and genres.
ART: Submissions must be sent as a .jpg file. They should be 2000 X 2400 pixels for the best quality when the magazine is printed. If submitting multiple works, please send each file separately.
Submissions which do not meet these requirements will not be considered. Please make sure you follow the submission guidelines before submitting your piece.