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Inkwell is the student literary magazine at Bethany Lutheran College. We publish annually in the spring.

  • We welcome submissions from Bethany students, alumni, and staff. We look for quality, polished pieces that represent the best of the Bethany community’s creative work. 
  • Inkwell does not accept previously published work.
  • Once submissions are accepted, you may submit your work to inkwell@blc.edu with “Spring 2019 Submission” and the genre in the subject line.
  • Submissions should be attached as either .doc, .docx, .pdf or .jpeg files.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted.
  • Please include a brief cover letter and bio with your submission. Also, we ask that you let us know if you’re submitting as a current student, alumni, or faculty/staff member.
  • The 2019 submission deadline is March 1, 2019

THE WELL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We also regularly feature fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book and event reviews, interviews, as well as musings on writing and the writing life on The Well, our blog. We accept submissions to The Well year-round, and provide editorial feedback to contributors.

Poetry

We appreciate work grounded in strong images, but try us. We often don’t know what we’ll love till we read it. Submit poetry work single spaced.

Fiction

We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. We typically publish pieces under 5,000 words.

Visual Art

We are interested in photography and other visual art. All visual art will be published in color. Electronic submissions only.

Non-English Submissions/Translations

We publish original non-English submissions accompanied by their English translation. We prefer poetry and flash fiction/flash essays in this category.

Plays 

We welcome sharp, engaging plays ten pages and under.  Excerpts from larger works are acceptable if self-contained.

Creative Nonfiction

We are interested in memoir, personal essays, profiles, lyric essays, and literary journalism. Book reviews and traditional academic essays are not considered. We typically publish pieces under 5,000 words.

All accepted pieces go through an editorial process.

Inkwell staff is also willing to offer critiques to students preparing work for submissions.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend “BLC Creates” events to workshop pieces

**PLEASE NOTE: All pieces submitted to Inkwell are fair game for both the magazine and The Well**