Analecta Literary and Arts Journal

the Official Literary and Arts Journal of the University of Texas at Austin

Submit Work

Thank you for your interest in submitting work to Analecta 41! We are confident that our forty-first journal will be the best yet. Even if you’ve contributed in previous years, please take a minute to read our revised guidelines and e-mail us if you have any questions. We appreciate all submissions from our writers and artists and can’t wait to see the wonderful work you produce!

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: Fri., December 19th at 11:59 p.m.

Both undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Texas at Austin are welcome to submit fiction, poetry, drama, personal essays, and visual arts of any form. You may submit as many pieces as you’d like. Previously published works are ineligible for submission. While we will not automatically disqualify an entry for its length and have no formal restrictions, space constraints prevent us from selecting more than a few pieces. Therefore we encourage writers to submit excerpts or shorter versions of pieces that are exceptionally long.

All selected pieces will appear in the print version of Analecta 41. This year, however, we will be continuing the online component that will feature some of the pieces chosen for the print version. For more information on our move online, please consult the FAQ at the bottom.

Writers and artists whose work is chosen for Analecta 41 will receive a free copies of the journal.

To submit your work, please send a single e-mail to with the subject line “Submission.” The body of your e-mail should contain the following information:

  • Full name
  • Status as undergraduate or graduate student and projected graduation date (e.g. “Undergraduate, Fall 2016”)
  • E-mail address
  • Current phone number
  • Current address*
  • Permanent address*
  • Titles of your submissions and their genre / medium (e.g. “Variations on the Word Sleep,” poem; The Scream, oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard)
* Please note that Analecta will use your phone number and physical addresses only to contact you in case we are unable to reach you by e-mail or to mail you a copy of the journal.

You should attach all of your submitted works as separate attachments to the same e-mail. Please do not include several pieces in one document (e.g. put four distinct poems in one Word file). Each file name should contain the title and genre/medium of your piece (e.g. “Variations on the Word Sleep, poem” or “The Scream,” oil tempera and pastel on cardboard).

Your name should not appear in the name of the file or the file itself. This practice helps us keep our review process unbiased.


What if the piece that I want to submit contains my name?
Please note that if your work includes your name or a name that could be used to identify yours (e.g. your poem mentions your brother’s name), we will need to take additional steps to guarantee anonymity in our review process. We ask that you highlight every place that such a name appears in the document so that we can replace it with appropriate substitutes (e.g. “[Writer’s name]”). We assure you that we will take care in ensuring that this substitution does not compromise the perceived quality of your piece in our review process.

Artists, please contact us if your visual work contains your name or a name that could be used to identify yours. We will discuss possible solutions that allow us to preserve the anonymity of your work for the Art Board’s consideration.

Please feel free to e-mail us at if you have any questions or concerns.

What if I send an e-mail with my submission(s) and then want to submit additional work?
You are welcome to send additional e-mails following the same guidelines as before. However, we ask that you also indicate if an e-mail is not your first by making your subject line “Additional Submissions.”

What if I slip up and don’t follow one of your guidelines to the letter? We know that we have many rules and that slipping up and forgetting one is easy. We promise that we won’t automatically disqualify anyone for failing to meet every single detail of our guidelines. In most cases we will reply to your e-mail asking you to clarify or correct your oversight, and as long as you respond with the appropriate changes, you will not be penalized or disqualified.

However, please know that every one of our guidelines helps to ensure that our submission review process is efficient and unbiased. The better you follow them, the more energy we can devote to creating a top-notch journal and ensuring an excellent experience for our writers, artists, and staff. Therefore, we deeply, sincerely appreciate the care that you invest in ensuring that your submissions follow our guidelines. The Analecta staff thanks you!

When will I find out if my piece was accepted for publication?
Although we have not yet selected a precise date for notification, Analecta should inform everyone whether or not their work was accepted no later than March 2015.

Please contact us if you foresee problems with conflicting notification/application dates (i.e. if you need to know whether Analecta accepted your piece before you decide where to send it for possible publication in other journals).

Where can I access Analecta 41 online? Why are selections of the journal being published online in 2014? Can I decline to have my submissions included for online publication?
Analecta 40 was publishes through Issuu, and while that might change, we are certain at this stage that some of the writing and art that we select for the printed journal will also appear on our website. The recent move online has enabled a wider audience to read and appreciate Analecta, and we’re incredibly excited to grant our staff and contributors that additional exposure by making the journal easily accessible to a wider audience.

If you are uncertain whether you are comfortable with your work appearing online, please inform us of your concerns at We will do our utmost to ensure that the additional exposure of your work will occur only in ways with which you are comfortable. Though we believe that online publication is a valuable means for our contributors to reach a wider audience, we guarantee that we will not put anyone’s work online if they have not given us permission to do so.

What kind of work has been previously published by Analecta? Is my work right for Analecta?
All kinds! Please don’t worry that we’re not looking for your style of work. Every year the direction of our journal is shaped by the themes and styles that we identify in the good submissions that we receive. Your work can help us define Analecta 40, and we would hate for you to hurt your own chances of publication by holding back.

You are welcome to order previous issues of Analecta, but please remember that our publication and staff evolve from year to year. A piece that accepted in 1989 might not have been made the cut in 1992, and likewise a piece that would have been rejected in 2014 might be accepted in 2015.

Please feel free to e-mail us with any additional questions or concerns at with the subject line “Question.”