Manastash is Central Washington University's student literary journal. Each year, we feature work from some of Central's most talented students. The magazine is created by a team of student editors and visual artists, and is released each spring. Submissions will be open from January 10th through March 10th, with acceptance notices going out the following week. Any current CWU student is welcome to submit, and you may submit in more than one category, as long as you take note of the per-category submission limits.

In this category, we welcome you to submit fiction, flash fiction, screenplays, and any other fictional works you feel would be a good fit for Manastash.


Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work:


  • We accept prose submissions between 5-5,000 words
  • Please adhere to standard MLA format, number your pages, and DO NOT include any contact information (including an email address) on the document itself.
  • You may submit up two pieces of longer fiction, or up to 5 pieces of flash fiction. For flash fiction (which we define as a piece of writing under 750 words), you may submit them all in one document. For any other type of submission, please submit each piece as its own, separate submission
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission document itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along).

In this category, we welcome you to submit nonfiction in the form of creative essays, memoir, flash nonfiction, academic writing, criticism and reviews, interviews, or any other nonfiction writing you feel might be a good fit.

Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work:

We accept prose submissions between 5-5,000 words

  • Please adhere to standard MLA format, number your pages, and DO NOT include any contact information (including an email address) on the document itself.
  • You may submit up two pieces of longer nonfiction, or up to 5 pieces of flash nonfiction. For flash nonfiction (which we define as a piece of writing under 750 words), you may submit them all in one document. For any other type of submission, please submit each piece as its own, separate submission
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission document itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along).


In this category, we welcome you to submit any type of poetry that you feel would be a good fit for Manastash. Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work:

  • Please submit between 1-5 poems (15 pages max).
  • Please submit your poetry as one document, starting each poem on a new page with the title. If your poem is untitled, please indicate this at the top of the page on which it begins
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission document itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along). 

In this category, we welcome you to submit any work that doesn't fit neatly into the categories above. We encourage you to submit your lists, your rants, your monsters, your charts and labyrinths, your baby weirdos struggling for air. Whatever it is, if you feel it would be a good fit for Manastash, send it our way. Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work:


  • We accept up to three hybrid pieces from each submitter. Please submit each piece as its own, separate submission.
  • Please adhere to standard MLA format as much as possible.  
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission document itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along). 

In this category, we welcome you to submit graphic narratives of any genre that you feel would be a good fit for Manastash.

Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work:

 

  • We accept graphic narratives of up to 12 pages.
  • Please upload a high-rez version of your submission and stick to standard file formats as much as possible.
  • You may submit up two pieces in this category. Please submit each piece as its own, separate submission
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. If a name or other identifying info is in the body of the submission itself, that's fine. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along).

In this category, we welcome you to submit your art, design (excluding ads), or any other visual work that you feel would be a good fit for Manastash (if you are submitting a graphic narrative, please see the "graphic narratives" category and submit there). Please follow the guidelines below when you submit your work.  

  • You may submit up to five pieces of visual art. Please submit each piece as its own submission unless the pieces are thematically linked/you wish them to be considered as a group
  • Please upload a high-rez version of the piece under consideration.
  • Please identify the medium of the piece in parentheses in the title field.
  • Please include a cover letter, brief biography, and contact info on submittable. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission file itself, as our editorial team will read submissions blind. (If you feel that there is something about your identity that you want the editorial team to know, please include it in your cover letter and it will be passed along). 
Manastash Literary Journal