Submissions

Interested in submitting your work to The Kudzu Review? Read our guidelines below.


We are no longer accepting submissions to Issue No. 69

Stay updated through our website and social media for submission information to the spring Issue


What’s the difference between our early decision deadline and the final submission deadline?

If you submit before midnight on the early deadline date, you will receive a faster decision on your piece and tailored feedback from our editors! If you submit a Visual Art piece by the early decision deadline, you will receive a faster decision, tailored feedback, AND have your piece considered for the cover of the Issue!

If you submit after the early decision deadline and before the final deadline, your work will still be considered for publication, but you will not receive an early decision or an editor’s feedback.


Who and what we consider for publication

The Kudzu Review is an undergraduate literary and arts journal. We publish twice during the academic year, once in Fall and once in Spring. As such, our submissions usually open in the months of September and January.

We ONLY accept work from current undergraduates and undergrads who have graduated one semester prior to the current submission period (i.e. if you graduated in Spring, you are allowed to submit the following Fall, or vice versa). We are an international magazine – no matter what university you attend in the world, as long as you’re an undergraduate, we want to read your work!

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted for publication elsewhere.


Genre-Specific Guidelines


FICTION:

  • We accept flash fiction, short stories, short scripts/one act scripts, comic strips/sequential art, and other experimental forms of fiction.
  • We prefer pieces that are 1000-4000 words, but will accept as little as 500 words and up to 6000 words.
  • HARD SELLS:
    • Anything over 5000 words
    • Erotica
    • Anything with graphic sexual assault
  • DO NOT SUBMIT:
    • More than three flash fiction pieces in one semester
    • Anything over 6000 words (or more than 20 pages)
    • Fan fiction, or any derivative works
    • A chapter or unfinished piece of a larger work

Submissions must be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman, and submitted as a Word/.docx file. We encourage you to include content warnings for our readers on staff!


NONFICTION:

  • We accept memoir, personal essays, and all forms of creative nonfiction.
  • We prefer pieces that are 500-3000 words long, but will accept as little as 100 words and up to 5000 words.
  • HARD SELLS:
    • Anything over 4000 words
    • Feature articles/narrative journalism
    • Blog posts
  • DO NOT SUBMIT:
    • Research papers/critical essays of any kind
    • Hard news pieces
    • Press releases
    • Listicles

Submissions must be double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman, and submitted as a Word/.docx file. We encourage you to include content warnings for our readers on staff!


POETRY:

  • We accept all forms of poetry.
  • Individual poems must not be longer than 3 pages in length.
  • HARD SELLS:
    • Erotica
  • DO NOT SUBMIT:
    • More than 3 poems in one semester

Poems must be single-spaced and submitted as a Word/.docx file. If there is a special visual format to your poem, consider submitting it as a PDF.


VISUAL ART:

  • We accept all forms of traditional 2D artwork (painting, drawing, etc.), digital art, photography, and high quality images of 3D artwork. We also accept comic strips/sequential artwork.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT:
    • More than 5 pieces in one semester
    • Fan art, or any derivative works

Please avoid low-resolution images – files should be at least 5MP or suitable for printing at 300DPI. Please submit PNGs ONLY.


Please submit multiple pieces separately through the submission form – do NOT submit them in one file! It is recommended that you make the file name the same as the piece’s title.

If you have any genre-specific questions, please contact the appropriate editor, listed below. All general questions should be directed to kudzu.fsu@gmail.com. Include “Submissions” in the subject of the email.

Fiction: fiction.kudzu@gmail.com

Nonfiction: nonfiction.kudzu@gmail.com

Poetry: poetry.kudzu@gmail.com

Visual Art: visualart.kudzu@gmail.com