Please submit up to five poems, two short stories, three flash fiction, two creative nonfiction essays and/or three pieces of artwork. Fiction and nonfiction work should not exceed 5,000 words in length per piece. Poetry should not exceed 3 pages in length per piece.

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 a 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 document and art submissions in high-resolution .jpg format.

Address your email submissions to:

Submissions without their proper, respective subject lines will not be considered.

Touchstone does not accept mailed submissions.

At this time, submissions are open to all Kansas State students, both graduates and undergraduates. 

Submissions for the 2019 issue will open on September 15th and close December 14th.


A cash prize for First and Second place will be given to the top two KSU undergraduate works in each of the following genres: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Art. Unfortunately, no cash prize is available for KSU graduate student submissions or submissions from students outside of KSU at this time.


Submission to Touchstone implies permission to publish unless otherwise revoked by the writer during the submission stage. Writers retain all later publication rights. Touchstone accepts simultaneous submissions.