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Submissions are CLOSED! 

Submit Your Work!

We accept short stories, flash fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, slam poetry, experimental nonfiction, screenplays, photography, artwork, comic strips, and visual media. We are interested in historical fiction, mystery, steampunk, and anything off-beat or unconventional.

 If you have any questions regarding what types of work can be submitted, reach out to our head editor Gabby Grinaway at

Submission Guidelines

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Prose Guidelines: We accept short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction, novel excerpts, graphic works, and anything hybrid! Our maximum word count is 3,000 words and submitters are encouraged to submit up to 3 pieces. Send multiple submissions as separate attachments, each including a cover page with your name, email address, and title of your work. Submissions should be paginated and double spaced. These should be submitted as .DOCX files (or JPEG in the highest resolution if submitting a graphic work) to using “PROSE SUBMISSION” for the subject line. Please be sure to leave out any identifiable information on the piece itself.

Note: Non-fiction works that center negatively around other students at Susquehanna University will not be accepted. 


Poetry Guidelines: Submit up to 10 poems in the same .DOCX attachment, remembering to include a cover page with your name and email address. Format your piece(s) as you wish to see them in the magazine. However, each pom must be separated by a page break. Graphic works should be sent as a JPEG in the highest possible resolution. Be sure not to leave your name or any other identifiable information on the document itself. Use “POETRY SUBMISSION” as the subject line of your email to

Note: We will be accepting graphic work such as illustrated poetry.


Artwork Guidelines: We consider works of any variety including photography, painting, collage, digital art, etc. Submit up to 10 pieces for consideration by emailing them to Make sure to use “ARTWORKS SUBMISSION” as the subject of your email and send your work(s) with the highest possible resolution as a JPEG file. Please make sure to give your works a title and use it as the file name.    


Please reach out to our Head Editor, Gabby Grinaway (, with any questions, comments, or concerns. We wish you luck and look forward to seeing your submissions soon!


Note: As part of our commitment to uphold social and aesthetic diversity, submissions will be reviewed blind. With the exception of threatening or hateful expressions of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, etc. No work will be rejected based on subject matter alone.

The Candlewick Prize

The Sanctuary Magazine's Candlewick Prize is awarded each year to one contributor who fully embraces the mission of our magazine, introduces unique perspectives to our sense of normalcy, and answers our call to "pound on the cathedral door." The winner of this prize will be announced annually at The Sanctuary Magazine's publication night. 

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