Need Inspiration For Your Submissions?

calvinandhobbeswritersblock1There are only three weeks left to get your submissions in for Issue 3 of 13th Floor Magazine!  Hopefully, all of you talented writers are able to find time to create work ready for publication, but it can be tough with a semester full of tests, projects, homework, and jobs.   As the March 31st deadline creeps closer, those of you who have not been able to create that perfect piece may be worried.   It is understandable to feel this way when preparing to showcase yourself as a writer, but there are plenty of things you can do to help get inspired.  If you have been feeling bogged down with homework, dedicate ten minutes a day to write a paragraph about…anything.  Time limits might not be your forte, so shoot for a page or two each night before bed.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center website has great information on various writing techniques, including a helpful video on webbing.  To watch, click here.  For other information on writing assistance from the UNC Writing Center, click here.  Sometimes, all it takes is a day outside.  With all the nice weather in the forecast for this week, find a quiet spot on campus to write about what you see or what you hear.  Look up a new word each day and include it in your next prompt.  There are plenty of ways to get yourself writing, even just for a little while.  We look forward to receiving even more submissions and wish you all the best of luck as you create your original works of fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essay, micro fiction, poetry, or art.  Happy writing!

Submission Format

  • All files should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtx formats
  • Do not put your name in the document.  Do not put your name in the filename. Please use only the title of your work in the filename.  This is very important to us as we want to maintain a fair and unbiased selection process for each of our submissions.
  • In the body of your e-mail, please include a brief biography.  You can write whatever you’d like, but feel free visit our Meet the Staff page if you need some ideas.  If your submission is chosen for publication, your biography will be included in the magazine as well.  Remember, the biography needs to be in the body of your e-mail, NOT your submitted work.
  • All prose and poetry should be double spaced and in standard fonts Times New Roman or Arial.  
  • Be sure to thoroughly edit your work for spelling and grammar errors so you can represent your best work possible.  If you need editing assistance, don’t hesitate to use campus services like the Writing Center.
  • If you would like more tips on professionally formatting your document, please read Formatting 101 by Marlys Pearson.

E-mail Submission

Once you have professionally prepared your submission, e-mail it to Remember, include your biography in your e-mail!

If You Are an Educator

Please encourage your students to submit their best work. It’s a great way to get experience submitting professionally, and may result in publishing credits! Your help is crucial to making our campus magazine a success!

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