Submissions Deadlines

Deadline for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry

January 21st, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Deadline for Visual Art, Music and Film

January 21st, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Metaphor Interdisciplinary Journal Volume XXXIX Submission Guidelines

Metaphor accepts submissions in the following categories:

  • Poetry
    • Up to three submissions accepted 
    • Must be no more than two pages
  • Fiction
    • Must not exceed 4,000 words (over three pieces)
    • Vignettes, etc.
    • Flash fiction
    • Short stories
    • Up to three submissions accepted 
  • Non-Fiction
    • Creative non-fiction
    • Memoirs
    • Must not exceed 4,000 words 
    • Up to three submissions accepted 
  • Music
    • All genres (must be accompanied by a recording)
    • Must be original compositions
    • Must include artist statement 
    • Must not exceed 4.5 mb 
    • Must be in .mp3 format 
    • Up to three submissions accepted
  • Visual Arts
    • 2D
    • 3D (all entries must be photographed)
    • Must be in .pdf or .jpg format
    • Up to three submissions accepted 
    • Include medium type in email submission
  • Film
    • Must not exceed 4.5 mb 
    • Must contain NO copywritten material (Unless permission is given) 
    • Up to three submissions accepted 


Metaphor is now accepting submissions year round. Submissions received must be done at the undergraduate level. Graduate students’ entries will not be accepted. Submissions must be received before the annual deadline to be considered for the 2019-2020 publication. Members of the Metaphor staff can not submit to the journal as part of the regular submissin process, but are encouraged to submit to NULC. Currently, Metaphor is only accepting submissions from Weber State University students. We will not consider the work of students from other universities as part of our regular submission process. Students from other universities should consider submitting work to the National Undergraduate Literary Conference, linked at the bottom of this page. Metaphor publishes a select amount of submissions from the conference in our annual journal, including student work from universities other than WSU. Judging NULC submissions is NOT done by Metaphor staff.

All works submitted must be original by the author, and not previously published elsewhere. If a student’s work is accepted, Metaphor reserves first rights to the piece. (Students may submit these pieces elsewhere after Metaphor accepts or rejects them.)

Judging of Pieces

All submissions will be judged as blind entries – the names of the authors will be kept confidential until the preferred pieces are selected. Students will be notified by mail when the final decision has been made. All judging decisions are final.

Submission Guidelines

  • Students may submit to different categories.
  • Written pieces are limited to 4,000 words and poetry to no more than two pages each.
  • All submissions must be in 12 point Times New Roman, Garamond, or similar font. Layout of works is left to the author.
  • Foreign language pieces will be accepted if accompanied by English translation.
  • Each piece must be entered individually via email as listed on this webpage.
  • Contact details must be on the submissions webpage only. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON THE SUBMISSION ITSELF.  Do not include any identifying information on your submission or it will not be accepted. You may include a cover page with your contact information, or you may include this information in the email submission.
  • Title of work needs to be listed on every page of the manuscript; each page of the work should be numbered.
  • An electronic copy must be submitted through the submission email. Music should be saved in .mp3 format, Literature should be saved in .doc or .docx format, and Visual Arts submissions should be saved in .pdf or .jpg formats.

Please reference the Submission Procedure section below for information on where we are currently accepting work.


Currently we can only accept works under 4.5 megabytes. If art, music, dance, theater, or film pieces are larger than this, a CD or DVD-R should be submitted to either the English Department office, or the Metaphor office by 12:00 NOON JANUARY 21st. The Metaphor office is located in EH 414 A. The disc should include the artist's name, phone number, email address, and the title of the piece. The artist should then go through the online submission system and instead of attaching the piece, attach a note indicating that a disc was submitted. CDs and DVD-Rs will not be returned.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ENTERED THIS WAY. Submissions not following these guidelines are subject to rejection.

Submission Procedure

Be aware that the English department professors, secretaries, and staff are NOT responsible for deadlines, editing, or publication of submissions. Metaphor staff is made up of student volunteers, and publication is paid for by student fees.

Metaphor is now accepting submissions for Issue Thirty-Nine, forthcoming in March, 2020. We respectfully request that you send us work directly to Please include all submissions as attachments. Specify in the subject line of your submission email which category (art, fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, music, etc.) your submission falls under. We ask that all guidelines listed above are followed in order for your piece(s) to be considered for publication.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) Submission Information

Metaphor also encourages students to submit their work to the National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC). Students may dual-submit work to both Metaphor and NULC. Follow the link below for more information on the conference.

NULC Online Submission Page