Submit Writing

Thank you for your interest in submitting your creative work to LiveWire!  

What Are the Submission Deadlines?

For the Fall 2016 Issue: May 20, 2016

Our staff will be reading and selecting work for Issue 5 in the Spring of 2016, with writers/artists receiving acknowledgment of “provisional acceptance” or “decline” in mid-Summer 2016.



Poetry, Prose, Creative Non-Fiction, Drama

Send your work as an email attachment to Creative writing should be sent as .doc or .docx files. 

In the attachment: do not include your name or contact information

You may send a prose submission of a maximum of 3,000 words.

Please submit all writing in 12 pt. Times New Roman with 1 inch margins on all four sides. Prose should be double-spaced; poetry should be single-spaced or formatted as required for the poem.

For the subject of the email, please include the title of your piece in quotes and the genre (Example: “Title” Poetry).

In the body of your email message, please include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • If you are a Fullerton College student, your banner ID
  • Preferred email address and preferred contact phone number
  • Title of your submission
  • Genre of your submission (spoken word,* poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, or music)
  • Number of words in your submission
  • Tell us whether or not you have a Fullerton College campus job (affects honorarium payment)
  • A brief bio of yourself (maximum 50 words) for use if your work is selected for publication
  • Confirmation that your submission is your own, original work**

**If your work is selected for publication, you will be asked to sign declaration of copyright to indicate that you hold the copyright to your work, and to grant LiveWire copyright privileges to publish your work.

To submit multiple pieces:

Please send a separate email for each individual submission of fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, spoken word or music.

You may submit up to 3 poems for consideration in a single email; please send all poems as a separate attachment. List the titles of each poem in the body and subject of your email.

What Is the Criteria Used for Selection for Writing?

At LiveWire, we consider work for publication based on four main criteria:

  1. Novelty/creativity
  2. Voice
  3. Craft
  4. Relevance to the Fullerton College community (i.e. our primary audience).

In addition, we are committed to including more than 50% student writing in each issue. We intend to publish between 8-10 texts (prose, poetry, spoken word) in our upcoming issue, so inclusion in the journal is highly selective, and only the best work will be published. Writers, musicians, and artists who wish to have their work considered for publication should take care to submit only polished, finished work.  Work in need of any but the most minor editing will be declined.

Our staff will be reading and selecting work for issue 5 in the Spring of 2016, with writers receiving acknowledgment of “provisional acceptance” or “decline” in mid-Summer 2016.

Note: in some cases, writers may receive another notification: “revise and resubmit.”  If you receive a “revise and resubmit” notification, the LiveWire Staff will advise you as to the nature of their concerns and provide you with a re-submission deadline in sometime in early Summer.