Penumbra (Spring 2021)

Penumbra Literary and Art Journal Spring Guidelines

We are not yet accepting submissions for our Spring 2021 print journal. Submissions will open November 28, 2020 and close February 6, 2021. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

For our Spring 2021 issue, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal will be open to all authors and artists for the fiction, non-fiction, hybrid literature, poetry, and art genres. We will also accept reviews (book, film, tv, or media reviews). All submissions should be submitted individually. For example: if an author wishes to submit five poems, they should upload one poem per submission; submissions that include multiple pieces in one submission may not be considered. Each individual may submit a maximum of five submissions total, including across genres. Submissions are accepted through our Submittable page.

Poetry – A maximum of 1,000 words total, across multiple submissions. No limits on form or content. A maximum of five poems per individual.

Fiction – A maximum of 1,000 words total, whether in the form of one long piece or several flash fiction pieces. If submitting several pieces, please submit each individually.

Non-fiction – A maximum of 1,000 words total, whether in the form of one long piece or several shorter pieces. If submitting several pieces, please submit each individually.

Hybrid Literature – A maximum of 1,000 words total, whether in the form of one long piece or several shorter pieces. If submitting several pieces, please submit each individually.

Art – Please submit each artwork separately. Five submissions are allowed. Submissions should be in the highest resolution possible, at least 200 dpi. Submissions must also include the art medium and date of production.

Reviews – Book, film, television, and media reviews of works released in the last 12 months are welcome. Works being reviewed must be recent. Reviews should be between 600-900 words long and should be in MLA format. Please contact our reviews editor, Morgan Lincoln at mlincoln@csustan.edu to inquire further about reviews or send a review proposal. Review proposals are required. Include the title of the work you wish to review, a 1-2 sentence summary, and a short author bio or CV.

How to Submit: 

  1. Visit our submittable page (link will be posted Nov. 28). You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. This account is free to make and use.
  2. Select the genre of your submission. (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.)
  3. Upload your work with the relevant information and click submit.

If you have any questions, please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores at mmflores@csustan.edu.