There are presently no open calls for submissions.
Qua is the University of Michigan-Flint’s biannual student-run literary and fine arts magazine. Our mission is to provide an open medium for writers and artists of any background to share their work. We assess submissions solely on the merit of the writing itself. For the upcoming issue, we are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art.
We only accept submissions from current Flint area and Michigan residents.
All submissions will be assessed anonymously. Please remove your name from the manuscript itself (if you do not, your submissions will be temporarily rejected and returned to you for editing). Please also exclude your name from the document file name.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Only send polished work. While typos and
grammatical errors will not automatically lead to a rejection, they are duly
considered. Show that you take your craft seriously, and editors will also take
Please label submissions with multiple pieces by listing the titles of the pieces. For example, do NOT title submissions "3 poems" instead specify what is included in the submission: "Violet Flowers, Why I Wrote a Poem, Candle Haiku"
Our magazine includes a full-color art section, and we are interested in visual art in any medium. Please submit art as a digital photograph, approximately 5×7” at 300 dpi. We will not accept art submissions with a lower resolution. Be sure to include the title, medium, size, date, and course created in (if applicable).
For fiction and creative nonfiction, shorter pieces are preferred but not required. Because we are a small magazine, anything longer than 4,000 words, if accepted, may be published either completely on our website (quamagazine.com), or partially in print with access to the full story online. Pieces partially published in the magazine that conclude online will be accompanied by the web address to the full story. Although we do not have a word or page limit, we will not read entire novels.
Because of the high volume of submissions
each period, please limit your submission to three poems, three art pieces,
three flash pieces, and/or one fiction/nonfiction piece. For poetry and flash, please include all of your
work as one document. Any submissions beyond this requirement will not be
We look forward to reading your work.