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 Department of English in Simpkins Hall. Get involved! 

We accept submissions in the following categories:

  • original short stories (up to 5,000 words)
  • original creative non‐fiction/essays (up to 5,000 words)
  • original poetry (up to 3 individual submissions)
  • visuals for cover (photography, drawings, sketches, paintings, CG art)

*The dimensions of the magazine will be 8.5 by 8.5, 300 dpi, and CMYK color mode*

Submission Requirements:

  1. Click this link: Elements Submission Form
  2. Sign in with your WIU email and fill out contact information for your submissions
  3. Follow the requirements for each category when uploading your attachments
  4. Individuals will be limited one entry per category (one story/one essay/three poems)
  5. Submit the electronic submission form by 4pm on day of the deadline (stated on submission form)

There's More!!!!

Want to win cash prizes, awards, and automatic publication into Elements? Submit your work to WIU's Creative Writing Awards judged by Professional Writers!


Elements Magazine Editions







All issues before 2014 are in print (come by Simpkins Hall 124 to see the collection of books dated back to the 80s)