Floodwall will open to submissions for our next issue on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Our submission window in all categories—except the English Department creative writing scholarships—has been extended to Friday, March 4, 2022.
When the storms come or the winter's melt swells the rivers, floodwalls keep the high waters at bay and shelter us from the worst of the elements. Floodwalls are the products of ingenuity, constructed out of concrete and earthworks, a vision for elegance and design, our own reactions to the past and anticipation of what's to come. Floodwalls are also symbols of resilience, collaboration, and community.
As UND's student-run campus lit mag, Floodwall Magazine wants to see your own creative levees, the art you've crafted to withstand the rising tides: your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, criticism, visual arts, photography, multimodal work, and more.
Floodwall is shelter and art; Floodwall is by UND students and for UND students. While you're waiting for us to reply to your submission, we hope you'll check out our latest issue.
Spring 2022 Call for Submissions
During the spring 2022 semester, Floodwall will be open to submissions from Tuesday, February 1, 2022, until Friday, March 4, 2022. We invite submissions from all current University of North Dakota undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students enrolled in certificate programs.
This year, we will accept submissions through the forms listed below. You will need to log into these forms using your UND credentials (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org). Please read our submission guidelines, and then send us your work!
Floodwall is open to submissions of short fiction, microfiction, and flash fiction. You can submit one short story of up to 5,000 words, or a packet (not to exceed 3,000 words) of up to 3 microfictions or flash fictions. Excerpts from longer works are welcome, but they must be able to stand on their own. Please double-space your fiction submission. Submit your work as an MSWord .doc or .docx file, and please include your full name in the file name.
Floodwall is open to submissions of poetry of any length. You can submit either a single poem or a packet of up to 5 poems. Please single-space your poetry submissions, unless the spacing is integral to the poem. Submit your work as an MSWord .doc or .docx file, and please include your full name in the file name.
Nonfiction—Creative Nonfiction, Criticism, and Craft Essays
Floodwall is open to submissions of creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir, literary journalism, and more. You can submit one essay of up to 5,000 words, or a packet (not to exceed 3,000 words) of up to 3 micro- or flash-length nonfictions. Excerpts from longer works are welcome, but they must be able to stand on their own.
We would also love to see your critical writing, whether that's a fresh and an exciting take on a contemporary issue, or a piece of pressing research that you're excited about. We're also open to reviews of books, movies, television shows, games, and more. We'd also be delighted to consider craft essays on the subjects of writing, art, music—and why we create in those genres.
Please double-space your nonfiction submission. Submit your work as an MSWord .doc or .docx file, and please include your full name in the file name.
Photography and Visual Arts
Floodwall invites submissions of photography, visual arts, photo essays, digital art projects, and more. Submit a portfolio of up to 5 pieces, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, saved as a common file type like .jpg or .png.
John Little Fiction Scholarship and Thomas McGrath Award Submissions
During the spring semester, Floodwall also offers publication to the winners and runners-up of the UND English Department's annual creative writing scholarship competitions—the John Little Fiction Scholarship and the Thomas McGrath Award (Poetry). All current UND undergraduate and graduate students, who intend to enroll at UND in the fall 2022 semester, are eligible to submit work for these competitions. Applications and writing samples can be submitted via Scholarship Central; sign in and search for "Creative Writing Award." Click here to access Scholarship Central.
The deadline for submissions to the John Little Fiction Scholarship and Thomas McGrath Award is 11:59 p.m. CT on March 1, 2022. This submission deadline is fixed and will not be extended.
Interested in submitting work to Floodwall, but don't know if your work fits in any of the above categories? We still want to hear from you.
If you have questions about what might be a good fit for Floodwall, please drop us a line with the subject line "Query" at email@example.com, or email our advisor, Dr. Patrick Henry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.