This fall, we are opening free submissions from October 1  to December 1, 2020 (and January 15, 2021 for video essays), for our 160th issue. We will be working with guest editors to select and curate work exclusively by Black poets, prose writers, and video artists for summer 2021. Our general submissions will reopen next year and be extended by two months, from January 1 to May 31, 2021.

TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University and of the Litowitz MFA+MA program, welcomes submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, short drama, video essays, and hybrid work from established as well as emerging writers. We also accept interviews and craft essays.

We publish two issues per year and accept submissions according to the following schedule:

Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

  • Fall/Winter submissions are accepted in the months of October, November, and December.
  • Spring submissions are accepted in March, April, and May.

Video Essays, Craft Essays and Interviews 

  • Submissions are accepted year-round.

Please refer to our submissions guidelines before submitting your work.

We accept simultaneous submissions. You can withdraw or edit your submission at anytime by logging into your account.


To learn more about TriQuarterly and our mission as a literary magazine, please refer to our About Us page.

From guest editor, Spring Ulmer: This is a call for Black-authored video art that responds to the ongoing state(s) of emergency.

Spring Ulmer is the author of Benjamin's Spectacles (selected by Sonia Sanchez for Kore Press's 2007 First Book Award), The Age of Virtual Reproduction, and the forthcoming Bestiality of the Involved. She teaches at Middlebury College. 

Please submit up to six poems in one document.

Luther Hughes, born and raised in Seattle, is the author of A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). Founder of Shade Literary Arts, and Executive Editor for The Offing, he co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat. His work has been published in Poetry, Paris Review, The Rumpus, New England Review, and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Prose authors may submit one story under 5,000 words (with some flexibility) or up to three pieces of flash fiction (1,000 words or fewer, each) in a single document.

Fiction editor, Tara Stringfellow, has a particular interest in publishing Black LGBTQ+ stories. 

From the editor: In light of the epidemic of violence directed against Black trans women across this nation, in light of the lynchings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless other American citizens, in light of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the forthcoming political election of indescribable import, for the first time since TriQuarterly’s founding, this issue welcomes the voices of emerging Black fiction writers of all sexual orientation. 

Former attorney, Northwestern University MFA graduate, and Pushcart Prize nominee Tara Stringfellow’s debut novel Memphis (Dial Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House) is  a multi-generational bildungsroman based on the author’s rich Civil  Rights history. A recent winner of the Book Pipeline Fiction Contest, Memphis was recognized for its clear path to film or TV series adaptation and is due out February 2022. Third World Press published her first collection of poetry entitled More than Dancing in  2008. If she isn’t writing, she’s gardening. If she’s isn’t in Memphis, she’s in Italy. 

Prose authors may submit one essay under 5,000 words (with some flexibility) or up to three pieces of flash CNF (1,000 words or fewer, each) in a single document.

Andre Perry is a writer and arts worker. His debut nonfiction book, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, was hailed by NPR as "extraordinary" and Foreword called  him "a fresh American voice that demands to be heard." He received his  MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and his  work has appeared in The BelieverCatapultGranta, The Paris Review, Guernica, and other journals. He co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival, a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multidisciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour.

Please limit your total submission to fewer than 5,000 words and limit formats to .doc, .docx, .rtf, and PDF.  We suggest keeping your font to 12-point Times New Roman and double-spacing all prose submissions.

We accept simultaneous submissions.  You may withdraw your submission at any time.
TriQuarterly is looking for essays that use language, image and sound with equal fluency and brio. And we’re looking for poetry with that same ambition.

Please provide a link to your video in addition to your video file.  We accept simultaneous submissions.  You may withdraw your submission at any time.