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Submission Guidelines

Attention students, alumni, and faculty/staff from all four UW-Green Bay campuses:

The Northern Lights team is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, art, photography, and interactive digital stories for the Spring 2024 Northern Lights Literary & Arts Journal. Submit a few works of your own, and you just may end up in the journal. But first, let’s cover a few guidelines....

What is the Northern Lights?

Edited by a team of students taking a practicum class through UW-Green Bay, the Northern Lights Literary & Arts Journal features artwork, photography, fiction, and creative nonfiction from the students, alumni, faculty, and staff from all four UW-Green Bay campuses.

What are you looking for?

Fiction: short stories, flash fiction, micro-fiction. Essays and creative nonfiction. Pop-culture analysis. Poetry. Artwork that can be clearly reproduced on a 8.5 x 5.5 sheet of paper. Photography.

We are also seeking interactive digital stories this year. We'll publish those we select on this website, and we'll include links and a short description in the print journal.

(Do you have a pair of submissions that complement each other, such as an illustration that you want to accompany a short story? Just leave us a note in your submission file about which pieces go together, or e-mail Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, the faculty advisor.)

How and when do I submit my work?

Our submission window is open now! Submit through our web form by March 25, 2024.

How many pieces can I submit?
  • Short stories: 3 max.
  • Poetry: 5 max.
  • Flash Fiction: 5 max.
  • Essays: 3 max.
  • Interactive Digital Fiction: 3 max.
  • Artwork/Photography: 5 max.
What are the length requirements?
  • Short stories: 3000 words max.
  • Poetry: 50 lines max.
  • Flash Fiction: 100-500 words.
  • Essays: 3000 words max.
What are the specifications for art and photography?

We require all art and photography to be submitted electronically. Photos and scans of artwork should be high-resolution: 300 dpi or higher, and at least 4 to 5 inches across. (Feel free to contact Ms. Rysavy with questions.)

Who can submit?

Submissions are open to students at all four UW-Green Bay campuses (main, Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan), as well as any UWGB alumni, faculty, and staff who are interested in submitting.

Where can I ask a question that doesn’t appear on this page?

E-mail the Northern Lights advisor, Tracy Fernandez Rysavy.

We can't wait to hear from you!
The Northern Lights team