Thank you for your interest in TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University and the MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program. We welcome submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, short drama, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964. We also accept craft essays and interviews, which we publish throughout the year.
How to Submit:
We accept all submissions through Submittable, an online submissions system. There is no charge to create a Submittable account, but please note that we do charge a small reading fee to help cover the costs of the software and some operating expenses. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
When to Submit:
Submissions windows vary by genre and open and close according to the schedules below. Please note that we do accept simultaneous submissions.
Poetry and Video Essay
- Fall/Winter submissions are accepted in the months of October, November, and December.
- Spring submissions are accepted in March, April, and May.
Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
- Fall/Winter submissions are accepted in the months of November and December.
- Spring submissions are accepted in April and May.
Craft Essays & Interviews are accepted year-round.
Current response time:
We receive thousands of submissions every year. Our current response time is approximately six months but may vary depending on volume of submissions. If you wish to check the status of your submission, you can do so by logging into Submittable at any time.
- Poets should submit no more than six poems per cycle, and should place all poems in a single document.
- Prose authors may submit multiple pieces in a single document, but the total submission should weigh in at 5,000 words or less.
- Please limit formats to .doc, .docx, .rtf, and PDF. We suggest keeping your font to 12-point Times New Roman and double-spacing all prose submissions.
- We do not publish previously published work.
- We do not publish creative work by current Northwestern MA/MFA students or those who have graduated from our program within the past five years, or by program faculty.
TriQuarterly pays honoraria for published work.