Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Art

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***We have reached our quota for the month with the submission manager that we subscribe to, so please submit, and tell your friends, through our Voices email. Here’s the address:

We will continue to accept submissions for another 48 hours after 12/7/2019 12:01 AM.

Include a short bio: name, class rank (e.g. Sophomore), school you go to, where you live, publications if you have any, and then some stuff about you: hobbies, sports, musical stuff, etc. You get the idea. 

Voices Submission Guidelines

Voices accepts unsolicited and previously unpublished work from students (High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate) in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged and accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are accepted. A student may submit work in all four categories but with the following limitations:


  • One Short Story with a word count between 1000 and 3000 words
  • Up to three Flash Fiction (<750 words) pieces in a single Word document with a total word count not to exceed 1500 words

Creative Nonfiction

  • One Narrative Essay with a word count between 1000 and 3000 words
  • Up to three Flash Nonfiction (<750 words) pieces in a single Word document with a total word count not to exceed 1500 words


  • Up to three poems, none exceeding fifty lines, all in a single Word document


  • Up to three pieces of artwork

Note: All submissions are read blind, so no identifying information should be included on the manuscript itself or in the file name. Manuscripts that include identifying information will be rejected without being read.

By submitting your work, you agree to the following statement:

Realizing that intellectual property right must be respected and are protected by law, I indicate that everything submitted for consideration by me is original work, I am its only author, it has not been previously published in print or online (including personal blogs), and I have the authority to offer it for publication in Voices.

Entries should also follow the genre specific requirements detailed below. Submissions that do not follow formatting requirements will not be considered for publication. Please use the submission link below to submit literature and art entries.

Formatting Guidelines:
All entries must be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, paginated, and submitted as a .doc or docx. Note: the submission manager will not accept Google Docs. 

Prose submissions are limited to 3000 words.

Poetry is  limited to 50 lines.

Art files must be in .jpg format and have 300dpi

Editors reserve the right to make minor edits (spelling, grammar, mechanics, etc) prior to publication

Selection & Publication Process:
Notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email in early spring and the journal will be distributed on campus in late April or early May. MSU Texas students can get their free copy at our release party and contributor copies will be mailed to non-MSU Texas students during the summer months. Please make sure we have you summer address.