The BYU English Department sponsors several student creative writing contests each year.  Whether you write fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, there is likely a contest that is right for you. The department also manages year-round submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art for the journal Inscape.

Below you will find detailed guidelines for each contest or call for submissions as well as links for submitting your entry online.  If you do not have a submittable account, you will need to create one during the submission process.  

If you have any questions regarding the creative writing contest, please contact juli_shelley@byu.edu.

For questions about Inscape, please visit inscape.byu.edu or email inscape.editors@byu.edu. 

Good Luck!



Since 1982, Inscape has had a simple goal to curate thoughtful art and literature to share with the community. We love work with fresh takes on both the experimental and the familiar—work that is honest, frank, and unafraid to embrace contradictions. We are interested in pieces that are attentive to beauty, both the everyday and the fantastical. We also love pieces from all genres that uplift, inspire, and entertain while celebrating the author's unique voice and experiences in the intersections of race, culture, class, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, spirituality. Submissions containing graphic depictions of sex or excessive violence will not be considered for publication.

We invite people from all countries, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to submit their work; you do not need to be a BYU student or even a student at all. We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

  1. You may submit to more than one genre; however, each genre has the following limits on the number of submissions per individual:
    Poetry: 2
    Fiction: 2
    Creative nonfiction: 2
    Artwork: 5
  2. All submissions should be submitted at https://byuenglishcontests.submittable.com/submit
  3. Do not include your name in any of the attachments
  4. Current staff may not be published in Inscape. However, they may submit in order to get blind feedback if they then withdraw their piece from consideration.
  5. We prefer word processing documents (.doc, .docx, .txt.).
  6. If submitting multiple pieces, please submit them separately.
  7. Do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted somewhere else.
  8. Any submission that does not follow our guidelines will not be considered.

WRITING:

  • Submissions of over 7,500 words will not be considered for publication.

ART:

  • Art submissions must be scanned at 300 DPI or higher and saved as a .jpeg or .tiff image. Art submissions may include photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs of sculpture, etc.

READING PERIOD:

We accept submissions year round. However, to be considered for a particular edition, please follow the deadlines below.

Print Edition: Submissions close October 12th

Online Edition:  Submissions close February 15th

Since 1982, Inscape has had a simple goal to curate thoughtful art and literature to share with the community. We love work with fresh takes on both the experimental and the familiar—work that is honest, frank, and unafraid to embrace contradictions. We are interested in pieces that are attentive to beauty, both the everyday and the fantastical. We also love pieces from all genres that uplift, inspire, and entertain while celebrating the author's unique voice and experiences in the intersections of race, culture, class, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, spirituality. Submissions containing graphic depictions of sex or excessive violence will not be considered for publication.

We invite people from all countries, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to submit their work; you do not need to be a BYU student or even a student at all. We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

  1. You may submit to more than one genre; however, each genre has the following limits on the number of submissions per individual:
    Poetry: 2
    Fiction: 2
    Creative nonfiction: 2
    Artwork: 5
  2. All submissions should be submitted at https://byuenglishcontests.submittable.com/submit
  3. Current staff may not be published in Inscape. However, they may submit in order to get blind feedback if they then withdraw their piece from consideration.
  4. We prefer word processing documents (.doc, .docx, .txt.).
  5. If submitting multiple pieces, please submit them separately.
  6. Do not include your name in any of the attachments
  7. Do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted somewhere else.
  8. Any submission that does not follow our guidelines will not be considered.

WRITING:

  • Submissions of over 7,500 words will not be considered for publication.

ART:

  • Art submissions must be scanned at 300 DPI or higher and saved as a .jpeg or .tiff image. Art submissions may include photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs of sculpture, etc.

READING PERIOD:

We accept submissions year round. However, to be considered for a particular edition, please follow the deadlines below.

Print Edition: Submissions close October 12th

Online Edition:  Submissions close February 15th

Since 1982, Inscape has had a simple goal to curate thoughtful art and literature to share with the community. We love work with fresh takes on both the experimental and the familiar—work that is honest, frank, and unafraid to embrace contradictions. We are interested in pieces that are attentive to beauty, both the everyday and the fantastical. We also love pieces from all genres that uplift, inspire, and entertain while celebrating the author's unique voice and experiences in the intersections of race, culture, class, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, spirituality. Submissions containing graphic depictions of sex or excessive violence will not be considered for publication.

We invite people from all countries, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to submit their work; you do not need to be a BYU student or even a student at all. We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

  1. You may submit to more than one genre; however, each genre has the following limits on the number of submissions per individual:
    Poetry: 2
    Fiction: 2
    Creative nonfiction: 2
    Artwork: 5
  2. All submissions should be submitted at https://byuenglishcontests.submittable.com/submit
  3. We prefer word processing documents (.doc, .docx, .txt.), but because of the visual nature of poetry, we do allow (for those kinds of poems), submissions in PDF format. 
  4. If submitting multiple pieces, please submit them separately.
  5. Do not include your name in any of the attachments
  6. Current staff may not be published in Inscape. However, they may submit in order to get blind feedback if they then withdraw their piece from consideration.
  7. Do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted somewhere else. 
  8. Any submission that does not follow our guidelines will not be considered.

WRITING:

  • Submissions of over 7,500 words will not be considered for publication.

ART:

  • Art submissions must be scanned at 300 DPI or higher and saved as a .jpeg or .tiff image. Art submissions may include photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs of sculpture, etc.

READING PERIOD:

We accept submissions year-round. However, to be considered for a particular edition, please follow the deadlines below.

Print Edition: Submissions close October 12th

Online Edition:  Submissions close February 15th

Since 1982, Inscape has had a simple goal to curate thoughtful art and literature to share with the community. We love work with fresh takes on both the experimental and the familiar—work that is honest, frank, and unafraid to embrace contradictions. We are interested in pieces that are attentive to beauty, both the everyday and the fantastical. We also love pieces from all genres that uplift, inspire, and entertain while celebrating the author's unique voice and experiences in the intersections of race, culture, class, identity, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, spirituality. Submissions containing graphic depictions of sex or excessive violence will not be considered for publication.

We invite people from all countries, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to submit their work; you do not need to be a BYU student or even a student at all. We can’t wait to see what you’ve created.

  1. You may submit to more than one genre; however, each genre has the following limits on the number of submissions per individual:
    Poetry: 2
    Fiction: 2
    Creative nonfiction: 2
    Artwork: 5
  2. All submissions should be submitted at https://byuenglishcontests.submittable.com/submit
  3. Do not include your name in any of the attachments
  4. Current staff may not be published in Inscape. However, they may submit in order to get blind feedback if they then withdraw their piece from consideration.
  5. Do not submit previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please let us know if your piece has been accepted somewhere else.
  6. Any submission that does not follow our guidelines will not be considered.

WRITING:

  • Submissions of over 7,500 words will not be considered for publication.

ART:

  • Art submissions must be scanned at 300 DPI or higher and saved as a .jpeg or .tiff image. Art submissions may include photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs of sculpture, etc.

READING PERIOD:

We accept submissions year round. However, to be considered for a particular edition, please follow the deadlines below.

Print Edition: Submissions close October 12th

Online Edition:  Submissions close February 15th

BYU English Department Contests