Skip to main content

Submission Guidelines

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.

Submit Your Work

What to Submit

We're 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
  • Interactive digital stories*

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 email Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, the faculty advisor.

*We'll publish those we select on this website, and we'll include links and a short description in the print journal.

How Many Pieces You Can Submit

You can submit a maximum of three pieces in these categories:
  • Short stories
  • Essays
  • Interactive digital fiction
You can submit a maximum of five pieces in these categories:
  • Poetry
  • Flash fiction
  • Artwork/photography

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.

Length requirements

  • Short stories: 3000 words maximum
  • Poetry: 50 lines maximum
  • Flash Fiction: 100-500 words requirement
  • Essays: 3000 words maximum

Specifications for Art & 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.

Meet the Team

If you have more questions about your submission, get in touch with our faculty advisor, Tracy Fernandez Rysavy.

Contact Us