Our staff looks forward to reviewing your work. Best of luck; and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Submission to Periphery is free and open to undergraduate students in the Midwest, including those in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Periphery accepts stories, photographs, poems, 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.

All submissions are sent through a blind review process by the editor-in-chief, art director, and editorial staff only. The marketing director position does not have access to – nor weight in deciding on – submitted manuscripts. Periphery reserves the right to edit any and all submissions, but does not claim the rights to any published work.


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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at


All pieces published in Periphery are evaluated and reviewed by a small panel of judges from outside Drake University. These judges award prizes to one piece of each major genre (Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry) independent of the Periphery staff.