Collision Literary Magazine

An undergraduate publication of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College      

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently open for the 2018 issue. The deadline is Friday, March 9 at 11:59 PM EST.

Collision Literary Magazine is dedicated to publishing well-crafted undergraduate work. It encourages experimentation in form and structure, whether in poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, or art. Attention to character and language is preferred in writing, and vignettes are always welcome. Our only preference for art is that it be publishable in static, two-dimensional form.

Please send all written pieces in one .doc file with their titles bolded and visual art pieces as individual .jpgs with their titles as files names to Do not include your name in this document. Along with your attached material, please include your name, school name, and school email address 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. Please submit only in one genre.


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.


Send no more than 3000 words of original fiction. This can be in the form of short story, flash fiction, experimental, etc.

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.


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 consider all visual art for our annual issue cover contest, the winner of which will win a cash prize.

Simultaneous Submissions Policy

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