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 people, groups of people, and even nonhuman people as well. 

  • - 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 to make arrangements to transfer via Dropbox.

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

Submissions can 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. For more information on the open-access nature of the Writing For Change Journal

A note on what we publish: Civility, dignity, and respect for all communities are the minimum. We select submissions for publication that we feel adhere to the collection's theme and guidelines, and those written in good faith that attempt to make visible that which has been obscured, that--with meaningful intention--attempt to bridge understanding and community connection. In the spirit of rising above the narrow and divisive framings of local and national political discourse, this journal thrives on topics of change that recognize our shared humanity. Submissions that maintain ideologies or statements designed to make people feel unwelcome, unsafe, or lesser will not be tolerated and will immediately be rejected. We can and should examine such statements, through a critical framework of inquiry and empathy, but discriminatory language of any kind—based on race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.—does not have any place in this journal.

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