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TriQuarterly Magazine

Thank you for your interest in TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University. TriQuarterly is edited by students in the Litowitz MFA+MA Graduate Creative Writing Program and the MFA in Creative Writing in the School of Professional Studies. Alumni of these programs and other readers also serve as editorial staff. We welcome submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, short drama, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We 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. We also accept craft essays and interviews, which we publish throughout the year.

When to Submit:

Submissions windows vary by genre and open and close according to the schedules below. Please note that we do accept simultaneous submissions.

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.

How to Submit:

We accept all submissions through Submittable, an online submissions system. There is no charge to create a Submittable account, but please note that we do charge a small reading fee to help cover the costs of the software and some operating expenses. We do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.