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Literary Work Requirements

By submitting an entry to Inscape, you are granting Morehead State University permission to publish your work in the journal, on our website and in Inscape and/or Department of Communication, Media, Art & Design and Department of English & Modern Languages promotional or publicity materials. Furthermore, submissions must be solely the works of the artist and/or designer. Reproductions or alterations of another designer's or artist's works are not permitted.

Literary Work Submission Form

Complete this form to submit your literary work to the jury selection.


You may submit: 

  • Poetry: Up to 5 single-spaced pieces, not exceeding five pages altogether
  • Prose (Fiction or Nonfiction): Up to 3 single-spaced pieces, not exceeding ten pages altogether
  • Accepted file format: .docx

In addition to completing the form, you must attach a cover letter with the author's name, a brief bio, return address, titles and identification of pieces as poetry, fiction or non-fiction. You can attach your cover letter and submission pieces to the online form.

No names or identifying material should appear in or on the submissions.
Submissions without a cover letter and complete information will not be accepted.



First-place prizes of $100 are awarded to each of the following three categories: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Only submissions submitted by MSU Students will be eligible for Inscape prizes; however, any individual is eligible to submit their work for Inscape publishing.

Winners are announced at the Inscape Fine Arts Showcase reception on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6 p.m. in 111 Claypool-Young.

  • For questions about literary submissions, contact Harley Spradlin, the editor.
  • For questions about design specifications or uploading tech support before submitting work, contact Toni Hobbs.

Submission Deadline

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

Additional Requirements

You will be required to include a short biography in your submission form. If you are a student, you may include your major at MSU, a brief description of your current artistic projects and any awards you may have won for your work. The staff of Inscape reserves the right to edit or condense biographies submitted.

Sample Bio:

Jane Smith is an art major at Morehead State University, whose work is generally surreal- focusing on a combination of ideas in alchemy, psychology, and geology and how they speak about society as a whole and each of us as individuals. Smith displayed work in the 2016 and 2017 Juried Student Art Exhibits at the Gateway Regional Art Center and had work published in the 2017 issue of Inscape. In 2018, she received an Honorable Mention award in the Senior Exhibition at Morehead State University.