Submission Guidelines

Submit to the Spring 2019 Issue of Chatham University’s Undergraduate Literary Magazine: The Minor Bird

Submission Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures are as follows:

How to Submit

All submissions should adhere to the guidelines listed below for their respective genre. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the elimination of your pieces from the review process. These guidelines are put into place so as to prevent one or a few voices from dominating the magazine and to offer a more diverse set of artists a home for their work(s).

Submissions should be sent to Please indicate the type of submission in the subject of the email by using one of these three subject lines: “Minor Bird Creative Writing Submission,” “Minor Bird Critical Scholarship/Literary Criticism Submission,” or “Minor Bird Art Submission.” All literary submissions should be placed in their own Microsoft Word document, include a title, and be devoid of any authorial identity markers. All attachments should be sent in one email.

Additionally, please include a short biographical text about yourself in the body of the email. Include the following information: name, year, major/minor, previous published works and where (if applicable), and any involvement with other literary/art student organizations on campus.


What you can Submit

Creative Writing

  • Poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction, samples/scenes from screenwriting or plays will all be considered for review
  • No more than three creative submissions per person
  • Please submit in standard MLA formatting (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1” margins; exceptions will be made for poetry that makes use of form outside of these standards)
  • Prose, creative nonfiction, and samples/scenes from screenwriting or plays should be no longer than eight pages double-spaced


Critical Scholarship/Literary Criticism

  • No more than one critical scholarship/literary criticism submission per person
  • Essays should be no longer than eight pages double-spaced
  • Essays must be original work with clear and concise writing; they should present an insightful and meaningful thesis
  • Accepted essays will be organized meaningfully to best develop this thesis, presenting supporting arguments and reaching a satisfying conclusion
  • Essays should be a close analysis of a literary or cultural text (novels, poetry, films, television, cultural artifacts, etc.)
  • Please submit in standard MLA formatting (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1” margins); essays must include a “Works Cited” and must properly use parenthetical citations



  • No more than five art submissions per person
  • Photography, drawings, graphics, and sculptures will all be considered for review
  • Artwork must be submitted with a title
  • All work should be submitted as a 3” by 5” photograph with 300 dpi



While there is no set aesthetic or theme for The Minor Bird, the Executive Board recommends that you review older copies of the magazine to familiarize yourself with what has been previously accepted. Previous publications can be found in JKM Library archives, Lindsey House, and online at



The Minor Bird anonymizes all received submissions before they are reviewed by the Editorial Board, which is comprised of students from the Undergraduate student body. The Editorial Board reads through their selected genre(s) of interest and then votes on the submissions. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Editorial Board, please email