Periphery 60 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 from college students 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 60 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.


The theme of Periphery’s 2022 Submission Contest is: “Happily Ever After…?” Anyone who would like to enter the contest simply has to check the box mentioning the contest on Submittable. Writers and artists are both allowed to enter the contest. The winner will receive a specially marked page in Periphery 60 and a complimentary t-shirt. Losing the contest does not prevent your piece from being published in the journal, however, so there are no risks to entering. This contest opened on October 29, 2022. The contest will remain open for the remainder of the fall and the entirety of the spring submission periods.