College of Arts and Sciences


Elements (WIU's Literary Magazine for students for over 50 years!) is now taking submissions for the 2017 publication until 4pm on March 10, 2017 in Simpkins 124!

We are accepting submissions for the following categories:

  • original short stories
  • original poetry
  • original non-fiction.
  • artwork

To view requirements as a PDF click here.


Submitting Prose

Requirements for written submissions:
  • Work must be original.
  • For prose entries (story/essay) up to 5,000 words. Prose entries must be typed, double-spaced.
  • For poetry, three poems (one poem per page). Poetry entries must be typed, single-spaced.
  • Individuals will be limited one entry per category (one story/one essay/three poems). 
  • Make sure your name and contact information are printed on any page of your piece. Paperclip or staple the pages of your entry; no additional binding, folders, or envelopes are required.
  • Submission deadline is 4PM, March 10th 2017 in Simpkins 124. Physical copies only.


Submitting Art

Requirements for art submissions:
  • Work must be original.
  • Please turn in a physical copy to Simpkins 124.
  • If emailing, be sure to put artwork in the subject line of your email
  • email: or
  • Submission deadline is 4PM, March 10th 2017

Initial submissions of artwork should be less than 2mb. However, if your work is accepted for publication we will need a high resolution copy that meets the following criteria:

  • 300 dpi
  • CMYK color mode


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