Western Illinois University’s Literary Magazine, Elements, is taking submissions for publication.

We accept submissions in the following categories:

  • original short stories (up to 5,000 words)
  • original creative non‐fiction/essays (up to 5,000 words)
  • original poetry (up to 3 individual submissions)
  • original visuals for cover (photography, drawings, sketches, paintings, CG art)

*The dimensions of the magazine will be 8.5 by 8.5, 300 dpi, and CMYK color mode*

Submission Requirements:

  1. Click this link: Elements Submission Form
  2. Sign in with your WIU email and fill out contact information for your submissions
  3. Follow the requirements for each category when uploading your attachments
  4. Individuals will be limited one entry per category (one story/one essay/three poems)
  5. Submit the electronic submission form by 4pm on day of the deadline (stated on submission form)


Want to win cash prizes, awards, and automatic publication into Elements?

Submit your work to WIU’s Creative Writing Awards judged by Professional Writers!!!


For any questions, email the Faculty Advisor, or the Student Editors,

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