Western Illinois University’s Literary Magazine, Elements, is now taking submissions for the 2017 publication.

We will be accepting submissions for the following categories: original short stories, original poetry, and original non-fiction.

Requirements for written submissions:

  • Work must be original.
  • For prose entries (story/essay) up to 5,000 words. Prose entries must be typed, double-spaced.
  • For poetry, three poems (one poem per page). Poetry entries must be typed, single-spaced.
  • Individuals will be limited one entry per category (one story/one essay/three poems). 
  • Make sure your name and contact information are printed on any page of your piece. Paperclip or staple the pages of your entry; no additional binding, folders, or envelopes are required.
  • Submission deadline is 4PM, March 10th 2017 in Simpkins 124. Physical copies only.

Requirements for art submissions:

  • Work must be original.
  • Please turn in a physical copy to Simpkins 124.
  • If emailing, be sure to put artwork in the subject line of your email
  • email: or
  • Submission deadline is 4PM, March 10th.

Initial submissions of artwork should be less than 2mb. However, if your work is accepted for publication we will need a high-resolution copy that meets the following criteria:

  • 300 dpi
  • CMYK color mode