Our Lady of Lake University’s literary journal, The Thing Itself, seeks work that speaks to issues of social justice in the time of Covid-19 for Issue 48. We want unpublished work in the following genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic writing, cartoons, and visual art. Ideal submissions address the following issues or other issues pertaining to social justice and Covid-19 and create dialogue about the human condition.

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Mental Health
  • Isolation/ Quarantine
  • Elections
  • Education/ Teaching
  • The Economy
  • Essential Workers/ Businesses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Health Care inequalities

Guidelines:

fiction/nonfiction—5,000 word, max

Poetry—three poems, max

Visual: three pieces, max

Deadline to submit is December 14, 2020, via Submittable.

Fiction

Editors seek fiction pieces of less than 5,000 words. Submissions in any genre are encouraged as long as some aspect of social justice is present.

Poetry

Please send 1-3 poems in English, Spanish, Spanglish, or all.

Nonfiction

Editors seek nonfiction submissions up to 5,000 words. Nonfiction can include personal narratives, lyric essays, and flash nonfiction (up to two pieces, 800 words each). 

Visual Art

Editors seek all stripes of visual artists (that includes you, cartoonists and photographers) to submit visual art. We accept national and international submissions.


Please submit 1-3 poems in English, Spanish, Spanglish, or all.

Please submit pieces of less than 5,000 words. Submissions in any genre are encouraged.

Please submit work up to 5,000 words. Nonfiction can include personal narratives, lyric essays, and flash nonfiction (up to two pieces, 800 words each).

We seek all stripes of visual artists (that includes you, cartoonists and photographers) to submit visual art. We accept national and international submissions.

The Thing Itself