A Journal of Literature and Art

February 15th, 2017 is the firm deadline for all submissions for the 2017 edition, but submit early for best consideration.

STYLUS accepts high-quality submissions of poetry, prose and art from all currently enrolled University of Maryland students. Our reading period is from January to March, and our final deadline is February 15th for Stylus and for the Jiménez-Porter Literary Prize. We encourage students to submit early in the year in order to receive detailed feedback on their work.

We accept up to five pieces per submission season. The work is put through a rigorous, anonymous review process. A brief biography to accompany the work in event of publication must be submitted with the piece. We maintain flexibility in the layout process.

No work is guaranteed acceptance until publication.

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Submission Guidelines

  1. Do not include any identifying information in the document containing your work. Your name, UID, and bio should be listed in the "Cover Letter" field. Pieces submitted with names, UIDs, bios, or other identifying information will not be considered.
  2. You may only submit 5 pieces to Stylus. You may independently submit 5 pieces to Litfest, but no more than 5 entries will be considered for any single submitter per category.
  3. Note that with the move to Submishmash, submissions to Stylus and submissions to Litfest are completely different categories. Make sure that if you want a piece to be considered for both, you must manually submit it to both categories.
  4. A valid UID is required to submit, and must be included in the "Cover Letter" field. Only University of Maryland undergraduate students may submit to Stylus.
  5. A brief bio must be included in the "Cover Letter" field. The bio will accompany the work in event of publication.
  6. Pieces should be submitted in a word processing document. (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt. Please, no Pages documents)
  7. Art should be submitted as a .jpeg, .png, or .tif file
  8. Each piece should be submitted in separate files (no grouping of pieces). After submission of your first piece, you will have the opportunity to submit additional pieces.


No additional guidelines.


Stylus has a 3,500 word limit on all prose pieces and reserves the right to edit pieces for length. If any edits or revisions are necessary, Stylus will contact you as soon as possible.


Work should be accompanied by an English translation in the document file.


Files should be at 300dpi or greater. Submitters should also include information about the medium and actual dimensions or size of each art piece in the comment field. Students unable to send their pieces electronically should contact our Art Director.