Call for Submissions

Polyphony Lit invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students (or equivalent) worldwide. Students may submit for publication in our annual volume, and/or one of our annual writing contests.

Submission Schedule:

Submissions for Volume 19 are open on the following schedule:

Reading Period 1:  July 1 -- September 30, 2022 (max. 450)
Reading Period 2:  November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2023 (max. 450)
Reading Period 3 :  March 1 - April 30, 2023 (max. 800)


Submissions for our Seasonal Contests are open on the following schedule:

Latin Heritage Contest: September 15th - October 15th, 2022
Fall Contest:  October 1 - 31, 2022
Black History Month Contest: February 1 - 28, 2023
Winter Contest:  February 1 - 28, 2023
Pride Month Contest: June 1 - 30, 2023
Summer Contest: June 1 - 30, 2023

Student Editors Read Every Submission

We have a staff of more than 350 high school students from around the world, almost all of whom have successfully completed our literary editing training program. 


Editorial Philosophy

It is our privilege to read every submission we receive. We relish the opportunity to participate in this personal and essential journey of the human voice. We strive to build respectful, mutually beneficial writer-editor relationships. We honor literary achievement by bringing attention to excellence through awards and publishing much of the extraordinary work we receive.

Why Submit?

Anytime you submit, your work will be evaluated for publication in our magazine and, if published, it will be eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Young Writers Award.

Submission Calendar

Due to high submission volume, we manage our reading periods to match our editor capacity. We have six windows during the 2021/22 submission period. To verify a reading period is still open, visit our submissions page on Submittable. 

Reading Periods: for Volume 18

Submissions during these times:

  • will receive in-depth editorial feedback from our editors

  • will be evaluated for publication in Volume 18

  • are eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards

  • Submissions are free

  • Submissions during these contest reading periods are read by editors but do not receive feedback unless they are selected as a finalist

  • Submissions cost $5.00 each

  • Winners are:

    • awarded the Polyphony Lit Writing Award (no cash value)

    • published in Volume 18

    • offered a full scholarship for Polyphony’s editor training course

    • eligible for the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards

"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.