TriQuarterly is edited by students in the Litowitz MFA+MA Graduate Creative Writing Program and the MA in Creative Writing in the School of Professional Studies.
Alumni of TriQuarterly and other readers also serve as editorial staff. They welcome submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, short drama, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers.
They are especially interested in work that embraces the world and continues, however subtly, the ongoing global conversation about culture and society that TriQuarterly pursued from its beginning in 1964.
The program also accept craft essays and interviews, which they publish throughout the year.
How to Submit for TriQuaterly
All submissions must be done through Submittable, an online submissions system. There is no charge to create a Submittable account, but please note that they do charge a small reading fee to help cover the costs of the software and some operating expenses. They do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.
When to Submit:
- Submissions windows vary by genre and open and close according to the schedules below. Please note that TriQuaterly does accept simultaneous submissions.
- This fall, they are opening free submissions from October 1 to December 1, 2020 (and January 15, 2021 for video essays), for our 160th issue.
- They will be working with guest editors to select and curate work exclusively by Black poets, prose writers, and video artists for summer 2021.
- The general submissions will reopen next year and be extended by two months, from January 1 to May 31, 2021.
Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Fall/Winter submissions are accepted in the months of October, November, and December.
Spring submissions are accepted in March, April, and May.
Video Essays, Craft Essays and Interviews
Submissions are accepted year-round.
Current response time:
They receive thousands of submissions every year. Their current response time is approximately six months but may vary depending on volume of submissions. If you wish to check the status of your submission, you can do so by logging into Submittable at any time.
Submission Guidelines for TriQuaterly
- Poets should submit no more than six poems per cycle, and should place all poems in a single document.
- Prose authors may submit one story under 5,000 words or up to three pieces of flash fiction (1,000 words or fewer, each) in a single document.
- While simultaneous submissions are encouraged to other journals, they do not accept multiple submissions from one author in a reading period.
- Please submit only once per three-month open call.
- Please limit formats to .doc, .docx, .rtf, and PDF.
- It is suggested that you keep the font of your entry to 12-point Times New Roman and double-spacing all prose submissions.
- Previously published work are not acceptable.
- They do not publish creative work by current Northwestern MA/MFA students or those who have graduated from our program within the past five years, or by program faculty.
TriQuarterly pays honoraria for published work.