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We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new catalog. The old catalog will no longer be available beginning October 1st.

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Call for Submissions

Exploring the theme of Water

Michigan State University Libraries Short Édition, an innovative publishing platform affiliated with the international publisher Short Édition, seeks short work (8,000 character max, about 1,000 words) exploring the theme of Water. Submissions accepted through December 16, 2022. Selected work will appear online and in MSU Short Édition machines, and will be considered for publication internationally. This call is in conjunction with the Broad Art Museum’s 2022 fall exhibit, Flint is Family in Three Acts, featuring the photography of Latoya Ruby Frazier. Water, for our purposes, will be broadly interpreted and might include meditations on physical, social, racial, environmental, or other themes. We seek work that avoids platitudes and sentimentality, demonstrates a deep understanding of craft, and engages with fresh thinking.

Accepted submissions will be included in a print issue distributed to all authors and added to MSU Libraries collections. Work will also be compiled in a themed issue available on the MSUL Short Édition site.

Please limit submissions to one story, one short essay, or up to five poems. Poems must be submitted separately. For example, if you are submitting five poems, each poem must be uploaded individually. Each submission should include a short biography directly beneath the work. If you do not receive an automatic confirmation email for each submission, we have not received your work.

Please do not submit previously published work for themed issues.

MSU Libraries Short Édition, a platform that provides free on-demand printing of flash prose and poetry, is now accepting submissions. Submissions are open to new, emerging, and established writers. Accepted work will be included in all four MSU Libraries Short Édition machines and considered for national and international publication through Short Édition machines located throughout the world. All work should be less than 8,000 characters (about 1,500 words). Full guidelines are posted at: lib.msu.edu/shortedition/submit/.

The machines are currently located at the MSU Library (Main), the MSU Broad, the East Lansing Public Library, and the Capital Region International Airport. Writers do not need to be affiliated with MSU to submit work.