Submissions are now CLOSED for the 2022-2023 edition of Polaris.

Note: Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. Polaris will only accept work from undergraduates.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Prizes awarded in each genre:

1st Place – $50
2nd Place – $25

Prizes are awarded by genre editors.

Winners will be published in Polaris and all contest entries will be considered for publication.

There is no monetary compensation for general acceptances. Only prize winners will receive the previously mentioned amounts.

Submission Guidlines:

  • Fiction: Up to 2,500 words, open to anything with an interesting voice including absurdist, experimental, flash, et cetera. Multiple submissions of fiction will be accepted if all works together meet or are under the word count.
  • Poetry: Submit 3-5 poems, free verse, experimental, prose poetry, et cetera.
    • If you do not include at least three poems in your submission, it will automatically be rejected.
  • Nonfiction: Up to 2,500 words, humor, travel narrative, et cetera. Multiple submissions of nonfiction will be accepted if all works together meet or are under the word count.
  • Visual Art: Up to 3 works per artist, .TIFF or .JPEG files, all media are acceptable. Artists should also include a Microsoft Word document containing their name, the titles and media of works submitted, and a brief artist’s statement.

*Please do not attach any media in your nonfiction, fiction, or poetry submissions. Any other media besides the submission will not be published.

Please include a cover sheet that includes the following:

  • Author’s name (should not appear anywhere else on the document)
  • Brief author biography
  • Genre & Title of Work(s)
  • Permanent Mailing Address
  • E-mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • Affiliated Undergraduate Institution

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but the author must notify us immediately if his/her work is accepted for publication elsewhere. Contributors will be notified if their submissions were accepted by Polaris via e-mail.

Authors may submit to no more than two genres at a time.

Again, only previously unpublished work will be accepted. Submissions without cover sheets or from non-undergraduate students WILL NOT be accepted.

Send submissions to:
Creative Nonfiction:
Visual Art:

For general questions, contact us at:

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