Please note: we only publish work written by undergraduate students. Writers and artists must be actively enrolled undergraduate students in a degree-granting institution at the time of submission to be considered for publication. Please include the name of your college and your current year (freshman, junior, etc.), as well as any other relevant information, in a brief cover letter.


General Guidelines: 

The Oakland Arts Review (OAR) seeks high quality literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, and art submissions for publication, and we accept year-round. Please read these guidelines carefully and look to the appropriate submissions category for further specifications.

  • Please upload your work using ONE FILE (do not upload files as multiple submissions).
  • We do accept submissions in multiple genres (you may submit, for example, a poem and a story at the same time). 
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions on the condition that you indicate this in your cover letter, and contact us about your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. For fiction and nonfiction writers, please withdraw the submissions; for poets, you may send us a message indicated which poem has been taken and which are still available. Please do not withdraw your entire submission. 
  • While we make every effort to respond in a timely manner, response for submissions is generally around 3-5 months in the later summer and fall. Our editorial board meets only in the fall semester, so work that comes to us outside of that time frame will sometimes take longer to be evaluated (6 months or more). That doesn't mean, though, that you shouldn't submit in the spring or summer! Just expect a longer wait time to hear back. **
  • Please proofread your work carefully before submitting.


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Questions? Contact our editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

Please submit one piece of literary short fiction for consideration, not to exceed roughly 10-15 double spaced pages. We encourage students to review the fiction in our most recent issue before submitting (available online here: https://issuu.com/oaklandartsreview/docs/oar_vol._4_2019) to see if our journal might be the right place for your work. 

Excerpts of longer works, including novellas and novels, are acceptable if the excerpt is also successful as a stand-alone piece, and we welcome work that is highly experimental in content and / or form. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

We welcome free verse and formal poetry, as well as works that are highly experimental in content and form. We encourage students to review the poetry in our most recent issue before submitting (available online here: https://issuu.com/oaklandartsreview/docs/oar_vol._4_2019) to see if our journal might be the right place for your work. 

Please submit a single file of up to 3-5 poems for consideration, rather than making multiple submissions per poem.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.


We accept creative nonfiction on a variety of subjects and in multiple forms. Please submit one piece of nonfiction for consideration, not to exceed roughly 7 - 10 double spaced pages. We encourage students to review the nonfiction in our most recent issue before submitting (available online here: https://issuu.com/oaklandartsreview/docs/oar_vol._4_2019) to see if our journal might be the right place for your work. 

Excerpts of longer works, including book length memoirs, are acceptable if the excerpt is also successful as a stand-alone piece, and we welcome work that is highly experimental in content and / or form. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

We are eager to publish comics that are of high literary and artistic quality. Excerpts of longer works, such as graphic novels or memoirs, are acceptable, providing that the excerpts work well as stand-alone pieces. We welcome work that is experimental in content and / or form. Please submit up to 20 pages in .jpg, .tiff or .pdf format.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

We encourage students to review our most recent issue before submitting (available online here: https://issuu.com/oaklandartsreview/docs/oar_vol._4_2019) to see if our journal might be the right place for your work. 

Please submit 1-2 scenes of screenwriting or other dramatic / theatrical writing. We also ask that you include a synopsis of the screenplay in your cover letter and adhere to screenplay formatting. We welcome work that is experimental in content and / or form. 

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

We are always actively looking for original undergraduate art of various media to be used as cover art and to be featured in our pages. Artists must be undergraduate students actively enrolled in colleges across the United States or abroad. We accept art which considers a variety of subjects and comes in multiple forms. We welcome experimental work. Please submit up to three works for consideration, in a high resolution file (at least 300 dpi).

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we do ask that you let us know in your cover letter if the pieces are going to other journals, and of course let us know straightaway if something has been taking by another magazine. 

Finally, our editorial class meets in the fall semester, and we accept work year round. That means that anything submitted outside the months of September - December is likely to get a slower response. But we still want to see your work! 

Questions? Please contact the Oakland Arts Review editors at ouartsreview@oakland.edu.

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