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General Submission Guidelines

The reading period for vol. 5 is now closed. We will reopen for submissions from September 15, 2015 - February 1, 2016. To receive updates about new issues, submissions deadlines, contests, and readings, please add us on facebook or Twitter or follow our blog

We only accept submissions via Submittable 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 in a single genre during our reading periods, unless you are specifically invited to resubmit by the editors. For writers who have been previously published in Border Crossing, please wait one year after publication before submitting again. Also please note that the editors may make minor copyedits to your work upon acceptance.

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. Every year, student interns read alongside faculty editors as part of the full editorial board. Visual art is only considered from residents of Michigan or Ontario in order to provide an outlet where area artists may publish their work.

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 add a note to your submission in Submittable indicating which part of your submission was accepted elsewhere.

Response time is roughly 4-6 months. At this time, we are not able to offer payment to all authors. However, beginning with volume 5, our first online issue, we will begin featuring selected authors. To read more about the changes in our journal from volume 4 to 5, please read this post on our blog. Every year, after all of the work in each genre has been accepted, one author will be chosen from those accepted in each genre for a paid feature. Featured authors will receive prominent placement in the online journal, a published interview with the editors, and a $100 honorarium. One artist from Michigan or Ontario will continue to be featured each year and receive the same benefits.

Fiction

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.

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For flash, please request to edit your submission and we will open the file for editing, which will allow you to delete the accepted piece.  

Nonfiction

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. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For flash, please request to edit your submission and we will open the file for editing, which will allow you to delete the accepted piece.  

Poetry

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. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and request to edit your submission if part of it is accepted elsewhere. When we receive your request, we will open the file for editing, which will allow you to delete the accepted piece.

To submit, please visit our online submissions form.

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