Submission Instructions

Submissions for the 2011 issue are closed. Please check back in the fall for updated submissions information.

General Guidelines

Please submit up to five poems, two short stories, two creative nonfiction essays and three pieces of artwork. Each fiction and nonfiction work should not exceed 12 pages. Five poems should not exceed 12 pages. The first page of each submission should include the work's full title. Subsequent pages should include a header with the first word of the title, followed by page number. The author's name and personal information should not appear on the submission itself.

We gladly accept email submissions that include your contact information (name, address, email address, phone number, and university) in the body of your message and the genre in the subject line. Art submissions should also include the work’s title, media, dimensions, and year of completion. You may send multiple submissions for a single genre attached to one email.  However, if you have work to send for more than one genre, please send each in separate emails with the appropriate subject line for that genre. Please attach submissions as a Word documents and art submissions in .jpg or .gif format. Address your email submissions to:

With mailed submissions, submit copies only. Manuscripts will not be returned without an S.A.S.E. with proper postage. Include a copy of the submission on CD-R as a Microsoft Word document. Please mail to:

Department of English
English/Counseling Services Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

At this time, submissions are open to all Kansas State students, both graduates and undergraduates. Contributors from other universities must be graduate students.


A $75 First Place Award and $25 Second Place Award will be given to the top two KSU undergraduate works in each of the following genres: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction. Unfortunately no cash prize is available for art submissions or for graduate student submissions at this time.

Permission to Publish

Submission to Touchstone implies permission to publish. Writers retain all later publication rights. Touchstone accepts simultaneous submissions.