Submission Guidelines

We accept submissions from April - August for our fall issue and September - January for our spring issue. We are closed for submissions in February and March.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We only accept unpublished work.

The Scriblerus seeks writing and art that explore the human experience with honesty and authenticity. Spirituality permeates our experiences and is therefore an inherent element in our art. We look for unique work that will connect on a personal level, provoke reflection about our own lives, and linger in the viewer’s mind after reaching the end. Your work need not have tidy Sunday School answers or easy resolutions to be published; struggles, complexity, and ambiguity are part of the human experience, too.

Please send original, previously unpublished work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. The Scriblerus desires to provide authentic art and writing while maintaining Christian values. Any artist or writer might need to portray a variety of beliefs and worldviews to accurately represent the diversity of our world. The Scriblerus draws the line at work that doesn’t show clear respect for the basic tenets of the Christian faith. The topic of sexuality is not off-limits, but we don’t publish graphic sexual content or work that condones sexual activity outside marriage. Swearing should be artistically essential, if used.

The Scriblerus is a publication of Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois. For more information on our guiding principles, please review Greenville University's Core Values.

Short Fiction: Short stories of up to 1500 words should be submitted in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced and sequentially numbered pages. 1 short story per person. No longer than 1500 words.

Non-Fiction: We accept essays of up to 1500 words in 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced  sequentially numbered pages. 1 essay per person. No longer than 1500 words.

Poetry/Song Lyrics: You may submit up to three poems or written song lyrics all in the same document. We suggest you submit a selection of poems that represents your full range as a writer. Please format line breaks and titles as you wish them to appear in the publication, and follow the formatting guidelines for fiction and nonfiction works, above. 3 poems or songs per person.

Recorded Music: You can submit one song written and performed by the person who is submitting the work.  You should record the song, upload it to a separtate site like Soundcloud, then submit the link to The Scriblerus through our submisison page(s).

Spoken Word Poetry: Please record your poem with good audio and visual quality, upload it to YouTube, then submit to the contest with your entry form. The recording should be five minutes or less in length.  Only one Spoken Word Poem per person.

Visual Art: We accept photography; images of traditional artwork such as painting and sculpture; and digital media/mixed media work. Send up to five pieces for consideration. Files must be .jpg or .tiff and they can’t exceed 5MB in size. 1 work of per person.

Cartoons/Graphic Stories:  Cartoons may be submitted as stand-alone panels, or in comic strip format. Submit up to five cartoons at a time. If non-humorous graphic stories are more your thing, send a story of up to 8 pages in a single file. Files must be jpg or .tiff files and they can’t exceed 5 MB in size.  1 graphic/cartoon per person.

Short Film/Music Video: a short film with high visual, technical, and audio quality that is ten minutes or shorter. Upload it to YouTube, then submit a link to the contest with an entry form.  One submission per person.