Submission Guidelines

We are currently open to submissions of writing, art, and music for our November/December 2020 issue.

Writing is open until 11/30. Art and music are open until 12/07.

Welcome to the literary magazine submissions portal. We accept visual art, musical compositions,

poetry, and prose.

We are looking for work that expresses honest opinions and emotional responses to timely and relevant personal or world issues. This may include works pertaining to identity, social media culture, mental illness, global warming, COVID-19, and more. If you believe your work adheres to this theme, please make sure to include a short explanation in the first text box provided after you log in.

You are eligible for submission if you are between the ages of 13 and 24. We do not accept previously published work unless it has been published only in print or it has been recognized in a literary contest. Works from personal blogs or personal social media accounts are also accepted. We allow simultaneous submissions as long as we are notified at our email ( immediately after the piece's acceptance in another publication. Our magazine publishes six times a year (bi-monthly).

In the title box, please include only the title, not the name of the writer or artist. Your name should not appear anywhere in the submission's file name, as we read all submissions name-blind.


At this time, all submissions must be primarily in English. If you include words or phrases in another language, please include their English translations at the bottom of your submission.

We will accept no more than 3 pieces per genre per issue.

If you have any trouble with submitting through JotForm, our submissions manager, please email your submissions to with the subject heading, "Attn: Submission."


Submit any form of poetry or prose (editorial, news report, memoir, short story, fiction, nonfiction, etc.). Format your work as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf and start a new piece on a different page

Prose: 11-12 point font, double-spaced, no more than six pages per submission

Poetry: 11-12 point font, single-spaced, no more than six pages per submission

Plagiarism is not allowed. We do not accept slurs, hate speech, or other racist and/or homophobic content. Please proofread before submitting and make sure the work adheres to our mission.


At least 300 DPI and at least 8' by 8' digitally. Please do not submit fan art.

Must include an artist's statement on the intention behind the artwork, and/or how it relates to The Incandescent Review's purpose.

Please include an artist statement: a brief explanation of how other youth may relate to your work, the inspiration behind your work, and/or how your work relates to relevant and timely issues.

Musical compositions 

Must include mp3 audio link (must be 1-5 minutes long).

The submission must be an original composition. We do not accept renditions of previously written pieces (including song covers).
Should include a pdf of the lyrics or musical score (website viewers can download and play the music themselves) and a statement from the composer on what the piece is about.
No vulgar language/explicit content will be accepted.


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