earthwords is the University of Iowa’s oldest literary magazine and is open to all University of Iowa undergraduate students, regardless of major or area of study. All submissions are read blind, meaning our editors do not see any identifying information with the work. Writers and artists are allowed 3 submissions total, with a max of 2 submissions in any one genre. Be sure to carefully read the different guidelines for each genre on our Submittable while preparing your work.

We look forward to reviewing your work! 

Best,

—The earthwords staff

Got questions? Here are some answers.

Q: What genres do you accept?

We welcome art, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Full submission guidelines are available on our Submittable page. 

Q: When are submissions open?

Usually early August to October 15th, 11:59 pm.

Q: Can I submit?

If you are an undergraduate student in the University of Iowa, yes! Regardless of major or year of study, you can submit. Do note that only a total of 3 submissions, with a max of 2 submissions in any one genre are allowed.

Q: Should I submit?

Yes, yes, yes!

Q: Woah, okay. Calm down. How do I submit?

Head on over to our Submittable page. Full details are there!