General tips:

  • Please read our mission statement before submitting. We are looking for work that draws us into the impact of war and military service beyond the combat zone. Consider reintegration, waiting, exile, homecoming, escape, injury, loss, home front, discharge, military/civilian divide, and the communication of these experiences in art. Push the envelope, though; show how this impact is translated in ways we may not have seen yet

  • We read submissions year-round, but our deadline for the spring issue is March 1 (published in May), and September 1 (published in November).

        • Because Collateral is run by writers on an academic timeline, there can be occasional delays in our response times. We ask that you wait 4-6 months before querying about
          the status of your submission. Send queries through our Contact page or email us at collateralsubmissions[at]gmail[dot]com.
        • Responses are sent to the email address writers provide. Please make sure your address is correct.

  • We do not accept previously published poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. We do, however, consider previously published visual art.

  • We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please wait until you receive a response to one submission before sending another in the same genre. Feel free, however, to submit in multiple genres at once.

  • For manuscript submissions, we prefer Word or PDF files (JPG for art).

  • We can only accept submissions through our submission system. If you have difficulty with this system, please email collateralsubmissions[at]gmail[dot]com and we will get back to you. Do not email your submissions to this address unless asked to do so.


  • Please include your name, city, and email address on the first page of your submission.

  • Cover letters are accepted in the body of a submission but are not required.

  • Fiction and creative nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry can be single-spaced. Please use page numbers.

  • Fiction and creative nonfiction pieces should avoid going longer than 5000 words. Send poems in batches of 1-5 that total no more than ten pages. Send 3-5 pieces of visual art at a time.

  • Collateral acquires first serial internet rights to the pieces we publish. All other rights remain with the author.

  • Author's name
    Author's email
    Author's biography
    Title of author's work
    Files must be less than 8 MB.
    Allowed file types: txt html pdf doc docx.
    Upload image related to submission
    Files must be less than 10 MB.
    Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.