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General Submission Guidelines

We are currently accepting visual art submissions only.  (Scroll down for more information.)  This year, for the first time, we will be publishing a feature on work by Michigan and Ontario residents, in addition to our usual general submissions.

We're especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications. The best way to see what we mean by this is to order a copy of our latest issue. All of our submissions go through a rigorous editorial board process. We consider ourselves a “teaching journal,” in that one of our main goals is to give LSSU English and creative writing students editing and publishing opportunities prior to graduation. Visual art is only considered from residents of Michigan or Ontario in order to provide an outlet where area artists may publish their work.

We only accept submissions via this online form during our official reading period. Submissions emailed, mailed, or sent outside of our reading period will not be read. Please follow the guidelines for each genre. Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions during our reading periods. For writers who have been previously published in Border Crossing, please wait one year after publication before submitting again. 

Important note: Please do not include your name, address, and phone number on your submission file, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. Only include that information on your cover letter, pasted into the cover letter area, along with an email address you regularly check, and a brief biography of about fifty words. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For poems, please send us a note indicating which part of your submission was accepted elsewhere. We can be reached at bordercrossing@lssu.edu.

Response time is roughly 4-6 months. Contributors receive two copies of the journal as payment. To receive updates about new issues, submissions deadlines, contests, and readings, please add us on facebook or Twitter

Fiction (Closed)

No longer than 5000 words, with title and page number on each page after the first. If you have a longer piece which you think may be right for us, please send a query to bordercrossing@lssu.edu.  Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind.

Nonfiction (Closed)

No longer than 5000 words, with title and page number on each page after the first. If you have a longer piece which you think may interest us, please send a query to bordercrossing@lssu.edu. We are interested in general literary creative nonfiction, as well as essays on craft. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. 

Michigan and Ontario Feature (Closed)

Writers and poets submitting to this category must be residents of Michigan or neighboring Ontario. We read submissions blind, but residency will be verified before acceptance; if your residency is not clear-cut, please explain your connection to Michigan or Ontario in your cover letter. Apart from that, please follow the guidelines for whichever genre you submit. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself. 

Poetry (Closed)

Submit 3-5 poems in one file. Do not submit poems separately. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. 

Visual Art (Deadline April 4, 2014)

This year's theme for cover art submissions will be "earth." In order to have your work considered as a featured artist, please submit one piece of work inspired by, or work which inspires reflection upon, this theme, as well as five additional pieces (open theme).  The selected artist will have his or her work appear on the cover and inside the pages of the journal, and will be invited to show his or her artwork during the next issue's launch party and reading. Any medium is welcome, as long as the digital representation submitted can be featured in our black and white journal, which has the dimensions of 6 1/2" x 11" (please allow a bit of overlay for a bleed). To be considered, you must be a resident of Michigan or neighboring Ontario. (If your work was published in the previous year's journal, please wait a year before resubmitting.)

The deadline for featured artist submissions is April 4, 2014. Submit a portfolio of six pieces saved as a single .pdf file: one image responding to the "earth" theme and five additional images (no theme required). If accepted, we will ask for high resolution scans or photographs saved as .gifs or .jpgs.

To submit, please visit our online submissions form.

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