Periphery Journal

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submissions should be sent individually. Please limit submissions to a maximum of 10 pieces per artist. If you plan to submit prose or nonfiction, please limit content to a maximum of 12 pages. For each submission, please include a cover letter giving your name, the school you attend, contact information, and genre(s) in which you’re submitting. The contents of your cover letter will not be judged for the selection process, as all submissions are reviewed blind.

A proportion of Periphery is reserved for the publication of Drake University student works, but we also accept and publish select submissions from college and university students in the Midwest. Specifically, we accept submissions from students in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

We accept stories, photographs, poems, music, essays, paintings, videos, interviews, new media work, sculptures, graphic narratives, spoken word, comics, prose poems, and genres that are yet to be created or recognized. Audio and video submissions will be represented in some form in the print publication and formally published on our website. If you are submitting a musical performance, please include the lyrics in your submission.

We want to read what your eye has led you to see, what your ears have heard, what you’ve experienced, what you’ve imagined.

We ask that visual artists include a high resolution photo of their work. Upon request from a Drake student, if their piece is chosen for publication, assistance with publication-quality photography of the piece will be provided if possible.

Periphery does not claim any rights to the work appearing in our digital or print publications.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Periphery Journal