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Call for Submissions

This request is for one-time rights in electronic form and hard copy that we will print in small quantities from time to time. The author expressly waives any and all claims for any such damages against Truman College and the City Colleges of Chicago. We welcome any unpublished work from both established and new writers. In all cases, material submitted must be edited and polished, though we may suggest small editing changes.
Word count is generally up to 2,500 words, but exceptions may be made for longer pieces. Pay special attention to ensure that your manuscript looks exactly how you want it to look before submitting. If your work is accepted, we will print it the way that it is. Minor changes (perhaps a few words) may be considered, but we will not accept major revisions.

Fiction may be in the form of short story, book excerpt or one-act play. Personal essays and literary nonfiction are both part of the nonfiction category. We do NOT accept submissions that have been recently published or are about to be published elsewhere. 

Email prose submissions                 
Email poetry submissions to:                  
Email artwork submissions to:         
Remember to identify the genre of your submission in the subject line of your email.                    
City Brink is a nonprofit annual publication published in print and online during the fall of each academic school year. We do not pay for submissions.              


Submission Style Guide

1.  Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents and must be readable in Microsoft Office. Art should be submitted as JPEG files.                    
2.  Submissions should be single-spaced in 12pt Times Roman font without text embellishments in the body. If the integrity of the piece requires embellishments, let us know.               
3.  Genre (poetry, fiction or nonfiction) and word count must be included in the top left corner of the page, along with the writer’s name, telephone number and email address. Do not include headers or footers. Remember, we do not accept previous published work.  
4.  Include a brief writer’s bio with your submitted piece. We do not require first rights.

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