College of Arts and Sciences


Elements, Western Illinois University’s Literary Magazine, has been publishing creative writing and artwork from WIU students for over 50 years.

Each year a small group of dedicated student editors read and respond to all submissions; make editorial decisions concerning content, aesthetics, and presentation; and they organize an end of year release party that includes readings from contributors. These activities are facilitated and supported by the faculty advisor, who is associated with the English Department in Simpkins Hall.

We accept submissions in the following categories:
  • short stories
  • poetry
  • non‐fiction/essays
  • art

All stories, poems, and creative essays should be emailed to in .doc or .docx

Submission deadline for the 2018 publication is April 6, 2018


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