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OCADU’s Creative Writing Program’s annual journal Pulse is officially open for submissions from all OCADU students and Creative Writing alumni on Submittable (link below)!

We are currently accepting original, unpublished language/text-based submissions for:

Personal projects and school assignments are encouraged and welcome. You should do your best to polish your work, as you would when submitting to any other literary journal. However, our team of editors is here to support the potential in your piece. If you are unsure whether a work would be right for Pulse, submit it anyways! We’d love to hear from you!

All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know as soon as your work has been accepted elsewhere so we may wish you congratulations!

Please note that all submissions will be considered for either print or online publication, at Pulse’s discretion.

Here are our guidelines:

Excerpts of longer works can be accepted as long as they can stand alone. If interested in submitting a longer piece, capped at 6,000 words, please email us ocadupulse@gmail.com.

Please include a short (2-3 sentence) author's biography (written in third person) in your submission, with your name and/or pen name, preferred pronouns, the genre of your work(s), and all appropriate trigger warnings. Please also provide contact information, preferably your OCAD email address, so you can be alerted if your piece is accepted so that you may take proper steps forward with the editing team to finalize the piece before publication. We ask that submitters treat members of Pulse 2024 with respect and be courteous of deadlines that may arise while their piece is in the editing stage (if accepted).

Pulse's Rating:

☉ Okay: use of foul language, non-explicit references to adult themes and activities (drugs, sex, sexual violence, violence, etc).
☉ Not okay:
⚬ unnecessary discriminatory / hateful language
⚬ unexamined bigotry / violence
⚬ gratuitous descriptions of traumatic events
⚬ works that intend to cause harm or relive trauma
⚬ porn and explicit sexual content
⚬ instructional depictions of violence, sex, drug use, etc.
☉ If you need clarification, please contact us at ocadupulse@gmail.com

Trigger warnings are mandatory and reflect your consideration and respect for Pulse’s Editorial Board. Works that do not have appropriate trigger warnings will not be accepted.

Please note the following list of works that Pulse is not accepting:

☉ Fanfiction
☉ AI Generated Works
☉ Works that are already published elsewhere. Not limited to but including: social media, personal websites, other journals, etc.
☉ Any audio and/or video submissions with copyrighted music, and/or visuals.
⚬ Our team does not offer editing of video or audio pieces at this time, however, please be open to any feedback or suggestions. Of course, this will be at the creator’s discretion.
☉ Plagiarized submissions will not be tolerated.
⚬ If a creator is found to be plagiarizing, all of their submissions will be rejected.

Exercise your best judgment as to what work reflects both you as a writer as well as the community you write within.


We ask for first-time North American rights for accepted pieces. Following publication, all rights revert back to the author. Please note that your work first appeared in Pulse if it is reprinted elsewhere on the web or in print.

As an extension of the OCAD-U student body, Pulse 2024 acts in accordance with the professional codes of conduct while fulfilling the educational standards put forth by the University Board. We, as an integral part of representing a part of the larger student body at OCAD-U, align ourselves with OCAD-U's core values and ethics, and make the effort to accurately reflect such in our work.

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabeg and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.