Volition’s Fall 2022 submissions are open! Click here to submit your work through our online form.


We accept Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Stories, Plays, Scripts, Poetry, Art, and Photography


General Requirements and Guidelines

  • Please keep all written pieces under 1,250 words.
  • We will only accept 5 Poetry/Prose submissions and 10 Art/Photography submissions per person.
  • Be sure to include a title for every piece/file submitted. Think of your pieces as your children; we hope you would want to give them interesting and enticing names.  Titles also act as an advertisement for your work in the table of contents, and we do not want to have multiple pieces listed as “Untitled x”.
  • Please include your full name.
  • For art and photography, keep in mind that most of our magazine is in black and white. Although we have some color pages, we are always in need of art and photos which are either black and white or will translate well into black and white.
  • Do not submit poetry or prose in PDF files! Google or word documents are preferred.
  • If you submit multiple pieces, let us know if they are meant to be a series.

Submission Periods

Fall Semester: September 4th through November 5th
Spring Semester: January 21st through March 29th

What to Expect After Submitting

You will be notified if your piece has been selected to be in our journal within one month after the deadline for the submission period.

Prose pieces may be considered for print in excerpt form in our journal due to space limitations. All pieces may be considered for publication on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!



    • volition

      Hi Hannah! We don’t have a definitive cut off on word count, but keep in mind that most pieces are no longer than 1500 words.

  • Marquis De Spade

    Are mixed media pieces accepted; meaning photo and word combination as I often create in a marriage of concepts that I hope will leave the reader in my own personal wonderland of misfit ideas word play.


    Marquis De Spade

    • volition

      Pictures should be at least 300 dpi. The magazine itself is 7″x 8.5″, and the photo can be any ratio or orientation. We also pick some photos for a double spread, so keep in mind that we might also use the photo for 14″ x 8.5″ spread.

    • volition

      We accept all types of photos. Volition typically doesn’t have a theme, we strive to publish the best work that we receive during each submission cycle.

    • volition

      Hi, Erinn! We aren’t strict on a word count for prose pieces, but, generally, the stories published are no longer than 1,500 words.

    • volition

      Hi, Allie,

      Yes, we do take submissions in the Spring! Submissions usually open on the first day of classes for that semester.

  • Elizabeth Black

    I’m not able to access the site to submit poems/art work. When I pull up the web site I either get to a community college web site or it takes me back to Volition’s first page where I got the information to begin the submission ( Can I paste them in an email and send them to the Volition web site?

    • volition

      Hi, Elizabeth! Sorry to hear this problem. The submission form works on our end, so I am not sure what is happening. Can you email us at with more information so that we can help you?

  • Karissa Poole

    Greetings. I want to submit some photos I take as a hobby. Do you accept photos with a watermark or do you take photos without them? Thanks!

    • volition

      Hi, Karissa! We accept any photographs, watermarked or not. You will be properly credited for your work in the magazine, though, so if the watermark can be removed or cropped out, that would be ideal.

  • Camille

    Hi, if we submit writing or photography do you get ownership rights to the image or do we retain creative ownership?

    • volition

      Hi, Camille. You still retain the ownership rights as the creator. At the end of our submission form, our copyright policy is explained where you give us the license to publish your work, but you still retain the rights.

      Although it is officially past the deadline, feel free to still submit your work to the magazine as the form is still open. Thank you for supporting Volition!

  • Rachel Weier

    Hello! I’m so glad Volition is something available for students at GMU, so thank you! Also, for works submitted up to Feb. 5 for the volition collection (2020-21), when will it be published and available to read?

    • volition

      Hi, Rachel! Thank you for reaching out, we’re glad you’re glad that we’re available! Our magazine will be available in March, probably later on in the month.

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