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Columbia Journal

Literary Magazine





Columbia Journal is an annual literary magazine founded in 1977. We're based at Columbia University's MFA Writing Program in New York City.

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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    up to six months*
    Editor reported data
    124 days*
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  • Acceptance rate:  / 
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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee


Max pieces: 3

up to five pages.


Max words: 5000


Max pieces: 10

We accept art criticism, interviews (with artists, art laborers, etc.), essays, features as well as submissions of original artwork (sculpture, painting, mixed-media, photography, etc.) in digital form.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    Your name, a short (300 words or less) bio should be included in the cover letter.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Poetry: Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, or PDF file format. Translation: Your submission should be in a DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, or RTF file format. Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced, with numbered pages. Poetry may be single-spaced, but each poem should start on a new page.

  • Author's rights

    Please note that we require writers to submit letters of consent from the original author or their estate to our email,, alongside submissions. We will be independently contacting writers if a translated piece is accepted by our staff. You may re-publish your work that appears on the site after 60 days, and we ask that you credit us in future publications.

  • Additional info

    Submissions in multiple genres are okay. Eligibility: If you have studied at or taught in the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program at any time in the past five years, you are ineligible to submit your original work. The best way to get a sense for what kind of work we are interested in is to read recent fiction, poetry and nonfiction on our website and to read the most recent print issues of Columbia Journal, copies of which you can order online.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

124 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

50 days

Fastest response time

245 days

Slowest response time

*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 848 days

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Columbia Journal was founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing program. Since then, we’ve featured work from Nobel laureates and unknowns, National Book Award winners and newcomers. Our past issues have included everyone from Raymond Carver to Lorrie ...

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