Collision Literary Magazine

An undergraduate publication of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College      

Submission Guidelines

The submission period is now closed.
The 2015 period opens August 25th, 2014.

Please send all written pieces in one .doc file with the titles bolded. Do not include your name in this document. Along with your attached material, please include your name, contact information, and school name in the body of the e-mail. Remember: You must be an undergraduate to submit. You do *not* have to be a student at the University of Pittsburgh; we accept work from all students currently enrolled at a college-level institution. All pieces are reviewed and selected anonymously.


Send no more than 5 poems. We consider all styles and forms, experimentations, and imitations (please include the imitated author's name).


Send no more than 3000 words of creative non-fiction prose. Again, we consider all styles and are open to experimentative forms. Creative non-fiction prose includes the personal essay, narrative, travel piece, and profile.

Literary Criticism (new!)

Send a literary critical essay of no more than 3000 words. All essays must consider contemporary literature ("contemporary," in this case, means anything written within the past twenty years); or, if the essay considers older works, authors, or movements, there must be some connection made to the contemporary. Otherwise, we rule out no style or content.

Visual Art & Photography

Send up to 5 pieces in .jpg or .jpgs format. Visual art may include uploaded versions of photographs, sketches, paintings, or comics.


Bands local to Pittsburgh may submit .mp3 files of up to 3 songs for our compilation CD. The CD will be distributed at our annual release party with the magazine.


All published poems and prose pieces are considered for special recognition. The top three pieces, as voted upon by the staff, receive cash prizes. We also now consider all visual art for our annual issue cover contest.

First: $250
Second: $175
Third: $100
Cover: $100

Simultaneous Submissions Policy

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us in the submission email if you are submitting any work simultaneously to another publication.