Submission Guidelines

  • Refer to genre guidelines in the specific submission project.
  • If your work contains violence, sexual or mental abuse, sexual assault, etc., please put a content warning or trigger warning above that specific piece--we would just like a little warning. Abusive pieces written from an obviously celebratory perspective will be rejected.

Our readers and editors read new submissions carefully. It usually takes 3-4 months for us to get back to you (unless otherwise noted), although we try to respond faster than that if we can. All of our staff are full-time graduate students at Kansas State University, and we appreciate your patience with our review process.

Touchstone is dedicated to creating a safe platform for publication for our new writers & artists. Black, Indigenous, & POC, women, LGBTQIA, diversely-abled, international writers, & other underrepresented voices are cordially welcome to find a home for your work with us!

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What’s the occasion? Well, that’s for you to decide. We welcome your poems of jubilee, distress, contemplation, and frustration, your observations or experiences of beauty and pain, and everything in between. Send us your sonnets and prose poems, your personas and ghazals. If it's a poem, we'll read it.

We don’t need a reason to call for excellent poetry, so send us your best! We love poems and we especially want to read yours.
     

POETRY GUIDELINES

  • Your work may be in any style, format, or subject. We simply want to see your best work. Surprise us. Move us. Expand our understanding of art and literature. Remind us what great art can do.
  • Submit up to three poems (not exceeding 5 pages).
  • Single spaced unless the piece requires special formatting. Use whatever form best captures the essence of your poem.
  • Each new piece should start on a new page. The author's name and personal information should not appear on the submission itself unless it is part of the poem.
  • Please use easy-to-read, standard fonts such as Times New Roman or Garamond 12 point font. Attach your file as a Word doc and please only submit a PDF if your piece has special formatting.
  • Please include a brief cover letter and a third-person author bio (25-75 words for the bio) in the Submittable portion. A paragraph or two will suffice--just tell us a bit about you beyond your work.
  • $3 donation per submission. Multiple paid submissions are allowed. 100% of your donation will go toward supporting our magazine (Submittable fees, website domain, etc). We'd also love to continue paying our contributors and your donations help us do just that!
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, if your pieces are accepted elsewhere, please notify us through the "Messages" tab right away.
  • To protect our readers, please provide a content warning if your work contains anything potentially triggering such as sexual assault, animal abuse, or anything else graphic or violent.


What are we looking for? We want to read your best nonfiction that attempts to break the mold from what we know about the form. We are looking for personal essays and memoirs about any subject and that digs into the realm of the unreal and unbelievable. Or, if your heart desires, pitch your pop-culture essays and essays about movies, music, or your favorite books! 

Go wild. We want to see your absolute best!

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions are open to all writers. However, please ensure that your essay has not been published anywhere else (this includes your personal platforms e.g. social media, blog post, etc.)
  • Submit a maximum of two essays that are generally between 1500 and 5000 words each.
  • Please consistently keep the font 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman or Garamond, and the pages numbered. 
  • Please include a brief cover letter and a third-person author bio (25-75 words for the bio) in the submittable portion.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please inform us at once if it becomes unavailable.
  • To protect our readers, please provide a content warning if your work contains anything potentially triggering such as sexual assault, animal abuse, or anything else graphic or violent.


What stories are we interested in? We're interested in your stories. We want to lose ourselves in the worlds that you create, worlds that resemble our childhood neighborhoods and worlds that resemble or wildest, most surreal dreams. We want to get to know characters who lead lives very different from our own, whether they work on an oil drilling rig off the shores of India, or haunt the forests of a fantastic, Tolkien realm. Send us the stories that keep you up at night and the stories that you wake up for.

Send us your best. We can't wait to dive in.

Submission Guidelines

  • Stories may be about any topic, setting, or character. Genre fiction is welcome! Stories should be polished, and ready for print, though editors might reach out to make some editorial adjustments as they see fit. Writers will have a chance to review edits before they are published.
  • We accept short stories (6,000 words max) or flash fiction (less than 1,000 words). Novel excerpts and stories that exceed the maximum word count will not be read. You may submit up to two stories, each of at least 1,000 words per piece. Please include both stories in the same document before uploading to Submittable.
  • Please consistently keep the font 12pt, single-spaced, Times New Roman or Garamond, and the pages numbered.
  • Your name or other identifying information should not appear anywhere in your submission.
  • Please include a brief cover letter and a third-person author bio (25-75 words for the bio) on the Submittable form. A paragraph or two will suffice--just tell us a bit about you.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine, but please do let us know immediately if your piece is no longer available.
  • At the moment, we accept stories primarily written in English.
  • $3 donation per submission. 100% of your donation will go toward supporting our magazine (Submittable fees, website domain, etc). We'd also love to continue paying our contributors. Your donation help us to do just that!
  • To protect our readers, please provide a content warning if your work contains anything potentially triggering such as sexual assault, animal abuse, or anything else graphic or violent. 


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Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit 1-5 pieces
  • We will accept all mediums: painting, digital art, photography, experimental, sculpture, multimedia, etc.
  • One art piece should appear on a single page with the following information at the bottom right: title, media, dimension, & date of completion
  • Each new piece should start on a new page. The artist’s name and personal information should not appear on the submission itself.
  • Your work may be in any style or subject. We simply want to see your best work. Surprise us. Move us. Expand our understanding of art. Remind us what great art can do.
  • Please include a cover letter with your submission. Your cover letter should include the title of your pieces and a 25-100 word bio in third person. It can be about anything. Commonly, the bio contains such things as pronouns, education/publication history, state of residence, current occupation (if applicable), hobbies/interests, etc.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please inform us at once when it becomes unavailable.

We look forward to receiving your work!

Touchstone Literary Magazine