Periphery 59 is now accepting submissions! Click the button below to send us your work:



Submission to Periphery is free and open to undergraduate students specifically in the United States, but any English language submissions will not be overlooked if submitted properly.

Periphery accepts stories, photographs, poems, personal narratives, music, essays, paintings, videos, interviews, new media work, sculptures, graphic narratives, spoken word, comics, prose poems, and genres that have yet to be created or recognized.  We pride ourselves on publishing not simply the most excellent submissions but the most interesting even if genres do not apply.

All submissions are sent through a blind review process by the editor-in-chief, art director, and editorial staff only.  Periphery reserves the right to edit any and all submissions, but does not claim the rights to any published work.


Periphery 59 will accept submissions in two windows over the coming school year, one window in the fall and one in the Spring. Due to longer lead times between compilation of proofs and publishing, we are no longer able to offer an extended window for artists to submit in the spring.

Fall: September 1 – November 18 (Art and Literature)

Spring: January 6 – February 28 (Art and Literature)


Periphery uses the Submittable account “Periphery Art and Literary Journal”. Submissions should be sent individually. 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. Aside from the cover letter, please do not include any identifying information in your submission.  

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 ask that visual artists include a high resolution photo of their work. Upon request from a Drake University 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.


As announced October 28th, 2021, Periphery 59 is hosting a special submission contest alongside regular publication. Both artists and writers can choose to enter the contest if they think their work fits the theme. This year’s theme is “flipping the script.” The staff has deliberately left the theme open to interpretation.

The winner of the contest will receive a specially marked page in the journal, recognition on our website and social media pages, and a free Periphery t-shirt. Please note that losing the contest will not disqualify you from regular publication in the journal.

If you want to enter, remember to check the optional box on Submittable asking about the contest. Only submissions that check that box will be considered in light of the contest. This contest is open in both fall and spring submission periods.