Shift: a Publication of MTSU Write

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Submission Guidelines

General Guidelines Submit all work to our electronic submission system. No print submissions will be accepted. All manuscripts must be in .doc,.docx, or pdf formats.


Formatting your manuscript We prefer that all manuscripts be in 12-point type in any of the standard fonts (Times New Roman, Cambria, Calibri, etc.) Number pages sequentially with page numbers positioned at the bottom center of the page and keep margins at 1”. Submissions of fiction and creative non-fiction should be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced. Plays should follow standard formatting. Include a cover page with the title of the piece and author’s contact information (name, email address, address, and telephone number).


Simultaneous submissions MTSU Write wants every writer to have the greatest possible chance at acceptance. Therefore, we accept multiple submissions from one writer. If you are writing in a single genre, we cap submissions of poetry and flash fictionat four. Short fiction, creative non-fiction, and plays are capped at two. However, if short story and essay pieces are under 3,000 words, we will allow a third submission. If you plan on submitting multiple genres, the cap for submissions is three. 


Submission period Shift will accept submissions from November 1, 2017 until February 1, 2018.


Submission fees MTSU Write is a non-profit organization. We do not charge a fee for submissions. Our objective is to simply encourage literary excellence and creativity.



Fiction and Short Story

Flash fiction pieces should be approximately 400-1,000 words. Short story submissions may not exceed 5,000 words. We accept any genre from literary fiction to sci-fi. Double-space the text of the manuscript.

Creative non-fiction

Submissions of creative non-fiction should not exceed 5,000 words. We accept personal essays, essays on writing technique and process, memoir excerpts, travel writing, journalistic essays, etc.


Poetry submissions may be up to four pages in length and writers may submit up to four pieces of poetry. We accept poetry of all forms and genres, but no translations.


Keep play submissions to 10 minute or one-act forms. Follow the standard stage-play format when submitting. Here’s a helpful link for your reference:


Shift: a Publication of MTSU Write