The Oakland Review: Carnegie Mellon's literary journal

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 2008-2009 volume of The Oakland Review are now open! Submissions are due February 21, 2009 at 11:59pm.

How to submit

Email your work as Word or RTF attachments to
  • Use your name and the genre(s) of the pieces in the subject line. (e.g. Poetry Submission: J. Smith)
  • In the body of the email, include:
    • Your name as you would like it to appear in print
    • Your phone number and preferred email address
    • The titles and genres of the work that is attached
You may also stick a digital copy of your work, along with a piece of paper with the above info, into the LitBot in Baker Hall 260.

What you can submit

Any combination of the following:
  • Poetry
    • Submit 5 pieces or fewer
    • Do not double-space your poems
  • Prose
    • Submit 4 pieces or fewer
    • Each piece may be no longer than 20 pages of 12-point, double-spaced type
    • This genre includes fiction, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, and plays
  • Art
    • Submit 3 pieces or fewer
    • We prefer large JPEGs for evaluation; if we choose your work, we will request a high-resolution lossless image.
    • Artwork is evaluated for use as the issue's cover, and should be of appropriate size


Monetary prizes will be awarded to the best work in each genre.


  • Authors must be undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon (or have been during the current academic year).
  • All work must be previously unpublished.
  • No simultaneous submissions.

The Oakland Review's readers review all work anonymously.