Call for Submissions
Submissions are now open!
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 three annual writing contests.
Submissions for Volume 18 are open on the following schedule:
Reading Period 1: July 1 -- September 30, 2021 (max. 450)
Reading Period 2: November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022 (max. 450)
Reading Period 3 : March 1 - April 30, 2022 (max. 800)
Submissions for our Fall, Winter & Summer Contests are open on the following schedule:
Fall: October 1 - 31, 2021
Winter: February 1 - 28, 2022
Summer: June 1 - 30, 2022
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.
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.
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.
Due to high submission volume, we manage our reading periods to match our editor capacity. We have six windows during the 2021/22 submission. 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.
awarded the Polyphony Lit Writing Award (no cash value)
published in Volume 18
offered 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!"