Published annually, The Southern Quill is the literary magazine housed at Dixie State University. In circulation since 1951, the journal features creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art. 

We welcome submissions from writers and artists residing in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.


Submissions are open for all sections and will remain open through March 7, 2022.

· All work may be submitted to The Southern Quill free of charge.

· We do not accept previously published materials, including publication in any public venue. This includes print and web, regardless of circulation.

· Simultaneous submissions are accepted; however, if your work is accepted elsewhere while still under consideration at The Southern Quill, let us know, so we may withdraw that specific work.

· If you need to withdraw a single poem from consideration, please notify us via email rather than using the Submittable withdraw feature, unless you wish to withdraw your entire submission.

· In lieu of a cover letter, please submit a short biographical note of 100 words to include in our publication should we accept your work.

· Upon publication, all rights will revert back to the author.


Thank you for your interest. We look forward to reviewing your work.


Our creative nonfiction section is open to writers of all ages. We accept all forms of creative nonfiction.

· Submissions must be 3,500 words or fewer (exceptional work may be considered if the word count is exceeded).

· Only one creative nonfiction submission per writer is allowed at this time.

· The first page should include the author’s name, email, and word count in the upper-left corner.

· Please indicate whether you are a Dixie State University student to be considered eligible for any awards or scholarships.

· On the following pages, please include your last name and page number in the top right corner.

· All submissions must be typed, double-spaced and written in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

· We accept .doc, .docx, and .pdf files.

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Our fiction section is open to writers of all ages We accept all forms of fiction.

· Submissions must be 3,500 words or fewer (exceptional work may be considered if the word count is exceeded).

· Only one fiction submission per writer is allowed at this time.

· The first page should include the author’s name, email, and word count in the upper-left corner.

· Please indicate whether or not you are a Dixie State University student to determine eligibility for scholarship awards.

· On additional pages, please include your last name and page number in the top right corner.

· All submissions must be typed, double-spaced and written in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

· We accept .doc, .docx, and .pdf files.

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Our poetry section is open to writers of all ages. We accept all forms of poetry.

· Only 3-5 poems are allowed per poet at this time. We ask that all poems be contained in one document and that each poem be on a separate page.

· There is no word limit for poems; however, we ask that all poems submitted do not exceed 10 pages.

· All submissions must be typed single-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font.

· We accept .doc, .docx, and .pdf files.

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Our visual art section is open to artists of all ages. We accept all forms of visual arts including photography, painting and drawing, digital art, 3D sculpture/ceramics, etc.

· Only five visual art pieces per artist are allowed.

· All images must be cropped to size.

· All images must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

· We accept .jpeg, .tif, and .png files.

For 3D art, we ask the following in addition to other requirements:

· 3D artwork must be photographed against a plain white, gray, or black background.

· A clear image must be submitted, cropped to size, with appropriate lighting.

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