Thank you for your interest in SHIFT, a publication of MTSU Write. Please find our general call for submissions below, along with a call from our partner organization, Poetry in the Boro. 

Entry Categories: 1. Poetry, 2. Short Story, 3. One-Act Play, 4. Formal Essay, 5. Creative Nonfiction, 6. Literary Magazine (Print), and 7. Literary E-zine

Awards: Up to two submissions in each category will be selected to represent MTSU in the general contest. Winners of the general contest will be published in the 2023 anthology and receive certificates for First, Second, and Third place in each of the categories at the 2023 Southern Literary Festival held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, April 20-23, 2023.

Rules for Submission:

1. Writers must be undergraduates and must be enrolled for credit during the 2022-2023 school year at Middle Tennessee State University.  Each institution may submit no more than two (2) entries in each of the five writing categories.

2. Works entered cannot have been published except in campus newspapers or magazines.

3. Essays, stories (including groups of stories), and plays may not exceed 5,000 words. Poetry may not exceed 100 lines for either one poem or a group of related poems.

4. The category for literary magazines is intended for magazines containing primarily undergraduate student writing. Any magazine with more than an occasional item by a non-undergraduate writer may be disqualified. Work by non-undergraduates should be identified as such by the submitting faculty member. A magazine submission must be the most recent issue, not more than one year old.

5. The category for literary e-zines is intended for literary magazines produced exclusively in and for an electronic format. E-zine submissions must also adhere to the rules of submission for literary magazines.

6. Entries must be double-spaced (poems should be single spaced) and (with the exception of print literary magazines) submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) format  Entries must have titles and should NOT include the writer’s name anywhere in the text or title of the document. All entries should be edited and ready for publication in the Festival’s anthology. Groups of short poems or flash fiction submitted as a single entry must be submitted as a single document.

7. Do not include any identifying information anywhere in the submission.

8. If your work is selected to represent MTSU in the general contest, you will be notified via the email address you provide here by December 12, 2022

9. Questions about the contest or submission guidelines may be directed to Dr. Jennifer Kates:

Shift: a Publication of MTSU Write