We accept original and previously unpublished Short Stories, Creative Nonfiction Essays, Poetry, and Art

Submissions open on September 14, 2023. There is a modest submission fee of $3.00. This fee will help us maintain our website, submission manager, and the high-quality of our printed publication. All contributors who have work published in our journal will receive a copy in lieu of payment. Please make sure the mailing address used in your Submittable account is up to date. Additional copies of issues may be purchased for $10.00 each, which includes shipping and handling.
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Voices Submission Guidelines

Voices accepts unsolicited original and reviouslyunpublished work from across the United States of America. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged and accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


  • One Short Story with a word count up to 4000 words
  • Up to three Flash Fiction pieces (750-word limit for each) in a single Word document with a total word count not to exceed 2000 words

Creative Nonfiction

  • One Narrative Essay with a word count up 4000 words
  • Up to three Flash Nonfiction pieces (750-word limit for each)  in a single Word document with a total word count not to exceed 2000 words


  • Up to three poems, none exceeding fifty lines, all in a single Word document


  • Up to three pieces of artwork in .jpg format with at least 300 resolution
  • Please be sure to include the medium and dimensions of the piece.

By submitting your work, you agree to the following statement: Realizing that intellectual property right must be respected and are protected by law, I indicate that everything submitted for consideration by me is original work, I am its only author, it has not been previously published in print or online (including personal blogs), and I have the authority to offer it for publication in Voices. All rights return to the individual after publication.

Entries should also follow the genre specific requirements detailed below. Submissions that do not follow formatting requirements will not be considered for publication. Please use the submission link below to submit literature and art entries.

Formatting Guidelines:
All entries must be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, paginated, and submitted as a .doc or docx. Note: the submission manager will not accept Google Docs.

Prose submissions are limited to 4000 words.
Poetry is 
limited to 50 lines.
Art files must be in .jpg format and have 300dpi and include medium and dimensions.

Editors reserve the right to make minor edits (spelling, grammar, mechanics, etc) prior to publication.

Selection & Publication Process:
Notices of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email in early spring and the journal will be distributed on campus in late April or early May. MSU Texas students can get their free copy at our release party and contributor copies will be mailed to non-MSU Texas students during the summer months.

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