We carefully consider individual and collaborative work from all writers who send submissions and accept virtually all forms of creative art. Submitters need not be affiliated with Illinois State University to be considered for publication.

To submit your work to Euphemism, please email your submission to using the following guidelines:

  • Subject line: submission, month, year (e.g. Submission September 2018).
  • Attach your work in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .jpg .mp3, .png, .gif, .wmv, .pdf and .mov formats. Please do not paste your submission in the body of the email. We prefer all written submission to be in Microsoft Word.
  • Title each attachment according to genre (e.g. Poetry 1, Poetry 2, Fiction 1, Nonfiction 1).
  • Make sure your name and e-mail address are clearly indicated in the body of your e-mail.
  • Please provide titles for your work.
*Because we follow a blind review process, please remove your name and contact information from all attachments

Euphemism publishes two issues per academic year (Fall/Spring) and has two reading periods (typically from August to mid-October and from January to mid-March). We accept submissions year-round, but summer submissions may not receive a receipt confirmation until August.

Please proofread any work you submit. Although we do our best to maintain the integrity of experimental work, Euphemism reserves the right to fix any obvious typographical errors.

If your work is accepted, we will contact you via e-mail and request an author's statement.

Publication Rights: As a small journal, we don't claim any sort of first publication rights on work we publish. However, other journals may refuse to publish your work if they know you've already had it published in Euphemism.


  • poems that utilize non-standard white space (concrete poetry for example) can be sent in .pdf

Short Fiction:

  • up to 5,000 words, double spaced


  • includes essays and creative nonfiction
  • up to 5,000 words, double spaced

Visual Art:

  • send in .jpeg, .gif, or .png format
  • visual must be 500 pixels wide
  • picture quality must be medium or better
  • must include descriptive file name

Spoken Word/Sound Installation:

  • send submissions as .mp3 files

Original Music:

  • send submissions as .mp3 files
  • original (non copyrighted) songs only
  • 6-minute limit per submission


  • includes video poems, flash poetry, cinepoems, experimental video, short documentaries, and other films
  • submissions in .wmv or .mov formats
  • no copyrighted material (songs, images)
  • 10-minute limit on each submission
  • must be exportable for web viewing

Comics/Sequential Art/Graphic Narrative:

  • submissions in .jpg or .pdf format are preferred