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"Language-based submissions from BFA Creative Writing majors & minors."

Submission Guidelines

OCADU’s Creative Writing Program’s annual journal Pulse is currently closed for submissions. Please wait until our next issue for an updated guideline.

The following details the guidelines for the Pulse 2nd Issue:

We are looking for previously unpublished language based submissions from BFA Creative Writing majors and minors:

Poetry: 1-5 poems (all in one document)

Prose: maximum 1200 words

Audio / Video: no more than 5 minutes

Excerpts of longer works can be accepted as long as they can stand alone. All work submitted must be previously unpublished.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!

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.

Please include a brief cover letter in your submission with your name, pronouns, the genre of your submission, and a two-sentence author bio written in third person. Do not include your name or any other identifying information in your document or file name. Please include any appropriate trigger warnings, note that we will not accept any graphic violence, graphic erotica, “trauma-porn,” work that is explicitly racist, homophobic, transphobic, antisemitic, islamophobic, or any other work designed to cause harm. Exercise your best judgment as to what work reflects both you as a writer as well as the community you write within.

How can I submit?

Submittable is a free online platform designed to bring ease of access to writers in submitting their work for publication and writing opportunities. Sign up for a free submittable account to get started on your Pulse 2023 submission! Follow the instructions on the submittable application to ensure your submission is received and we get to read your wonderful work!