Submission Guidelines

While the scope of the journal’s content is intentionally broad, likely touching on issues that are part of national and international conversations, the work featured here is always local, and therefore all submissions should be written with this focus in mind.

Writing for change, or composing in the context of change, can take on many forms, from traditional and nontraditional approaches to nonfiction writing like essays and interviews, but also through the increasingly expansive possibilities of visual art and the sonic landscapes of video, podcasts, photography, performance art, and so much more. Not only do we invite creative submissions, but those that cross disciplinary boundaries as well.

Eligibility: The Writing For Change Journal welcomes submissions from across Boise State University's diverse campus disciplines as well as from community members from throughout the Treasure Valley in Idaho. 

Submission can be anything from essays, personal narratives, prose, interviews, but also visual art, photography, podcasts, film, dance, and many other forms of creative and collaborative works. 

What's that? Collaborative? Yes! The Writing for Change Journal also welcomes work that is done in collaboration with other individuals or groups. 

  •  Essays should not exceed 1,500 words.
  •  When possible, link to outside sources in text.
  •  Digital artwork submissions can be in almost any format, but .jpegs are preferable. Images should be at least 300 DPI (1200 x 1800 px).
  •  Large files such as audio or video files are welcomed, but not through email. Please email Dr. Boggs to make arrangements to transfer via Dropbox.

Accessibility Notice

Writing for Change is committed to ensuring digital accessibility to all of our readers, including people with disabilities. All documents (text, pictures, videos, etc.) must be accessible. This means, checking your submissions for accessible elements, such as, but not limited to: alternative text for pictures, long image descriptions (if you're submitting an art piece, for example), captions or subtitles for videos, etc. You can run your piece through accessibility checkers available for free online, or check whatever software you are using for an accessibility feature (both Microsoft Word and Google Docs have an accessibility checker tool, for example). For an accessibility checklist, you can use the Chemeketa Community College Document Accessibility Checklist, available on the Center for Academic Innovation Website. Thank you for making the world a more accessible place for everyone!

Questions about accessibility should be directed to Juliana Rennó B. at 

All general inquiries that are not submissions should be directed to the email address below, or to the journal’s advisor, Dr. Kyle Boggs at

Submissions should be sent to:

Review process: All submissions will be reviewed by our editors and will receive a response. Submissions will either be "accepted," "rejected," or writers will be asked to "revise and resubmit" either for the current collection or our next one.

Our commitment to writers: One of our goals as a community publishing platform is to maintain a meaningful and encouraging space for content creators to learn and grow as artists and community-engaged citizen writers. As a commitment to all writers and creators, if selected we would hold no legal rights to your work. By agreeing to let us publish your work, you grant the Writing for Change Journal and its readers permission to share it, paste it to our fridge, and recite it loudly to the muses under a moonlit sky, always with credit! Creators maintain copyright always. If, after publication, creators wish to revise and submit elsewhere, that's a-okay. 

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