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.

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.