Call for Submissions

Submissions for Volume 17 are now closed.

Submissions for Volume 18 will open

July 1, 2021

Polyphony Lit invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students (or equivalent) worldwide. Our student editors provide feedback to all submissions, including the ones we do not accept for publication.

While our original deadline for Volume 17 submissions had been April 30, 2021, due to an extraordinary surge of submissions, we are closing early in order to guarantee our editors are able to provide feedback to all submissions within a reasonable time frame.  We may also close sooner if we reach our maximum capacity of 250 submissions for the month of April. To ensure submissions are read and voted upon (and eligible for contest awards), we encourage writers to submit their work as early as possible.

It is our privilege to read every submission we receive and it is our duty to respond in some meaningful way to authors who think enough of us to allow us into their worlds as they attempt to give shape to their stories and to their lives. We relish the opportunity to participate in this personal and essential journey of the human voice.

Student editors choose the best pieces for publication in our annual volume, which will be published online. All accepted pieces are then eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Young Writers Award.

We are now taking submissions for cover art!

Before you submit, please read our Guidelines.

Submissions for Volume 18 will be accepted beginning July 1, 2021.

"The best thing about the whole submission process was the extensive, constructive, and very helpful feedback . . . I love how the readers went into so much detail, pointing out things here and there that were helpful without being hurtful. Thank you!"

— Uyi E.