Submission Guidelines

Violet Margin is a literary journal that publishes all genres of creative writing, photography and visual art from undergraduate students across the country. Violet Margin seeks works that are experimental and challenge the status quo, providing a safe space for writers to test their voice. Violet Margin accepts work from all aspiring young writers. We are interested in work that lies outside the margins, or pushes back against them. Our literary journal is a place where “out of the box” thinking can find a home. Here at Violet Margin, we believe that the diversity, adversity, and absurdity of our everyday lives is nothing that should be quietly kept out of the margins.


FOR PROSE: We accept up to two works of prose per person. Fiction works, creative nonfiction, essays, and short stories fall under this category. All submissions of prose should total up to 3000 words (12 pages) at most per person.

FOR POETRY: We accept up to six pages of poetry per person.

FOR VISUAL MEDIA: You may submit up to five pieces of visual art or photography.

All submissions must go through our online Submission Manager.

All written submissions must be in .docx manuscript format (12 pt. font, double spaced). All visual submissions must be in .png format.

Please include in the comment section of Submission Manager the name of your institution, and a short bio. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, however, once accepted we expect other submissions to be pulled. If the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible via email at violetmargin@uis.edu

Please make sure the email you are submitting with is a university email.

The Fall deadline for our 2022 print edition is December 3, 2021

Submissions are open now!