Accepting submissions now!

Westwind accepts rolling submissions year-round of unpublished original works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, music, and more by UCLA students, faculty, alumni, and members of the greater Los Angeles community.

We currently publish two online journals in Fall and Winter and one annual print publication in Spring.

The submission period for Fall 2019 is currently open until the end of Week 7.

Don’t worry if you miss the deadline. If your submissions fall outside of the submission period, they will automatically roll over to the following reading period.

We’re extremely open-minded, send us your best work.


Format the subject line of your email as [Category] Submission – [Author Name.] For example, a fiction submission’s subject line will read: Fiction Submission – Joe Bruin.

      • Submit as a “.doc” or “.docx” file AND “.pdf” file. BOTH ARE REQUIRED.

    • Submit all images at the highest quality possible.In the body of the email, include (* indicates required)

        1. Your name*
        2. Email/Phone Number (so we can contact you if we have questions or concerns)*
        3. UCLA affiliation (undergraduate, graduate, alumni – graduating year, faculty) OR affiliation to the greater Los Angeles community*
        4. URL to blog or website (optional)
        5. Short 2-3 sentence author bio (in 3rd person) to be included in the journal.*
        6. How did you find out about our journal or decide to submit*
        7. Trigger or content warnings and any brief additional information you would like us to know about the piece(s). (OPTIONAL)

We aim to respond to all submissions in a timely manner–you can pester us if we’re slow. You can expect responses a few weeks after the end of each submission period or after each quarter ends. We will not respond with a form letter and we will comment on work whenever possible. We sadly do not offer payment.

Questions? Email us!

Specific Genre Requirements


We accept any number of individual works, but we do ask that the work(s) do not exceed 3500 words collectively (c.15 pages, double spaced). Excerpts from longer prose pieces are acceptable if self-contained.


Questions? Email westwindfiction@gmail.com.

Creative Nonfiction and Hybrid Pieces:

Send works up to 3500 words collectively (c. 15 pages, double-spaced). We accept prose works from all genres or non-genres.


Questions? Email westwindcnf@gmail.com.


Please send 3-5 poems. We are accepting poetry works in all forms, including experimental genres.


Questions? Email westwindpoetry@gmail.com.


Send up to five digital images of artwork of any kind, in any medium. Alternative, nontraditional, and mixed-media formats fall under this category as well. A good resource for work in alternative formats is arras.net.


Questions? Email westwindarts@gmail.com.


Send up to one complete score with any performance notes attached. Please attach a soundcloud or mp3 link.


Questions? Email westwindarts@gmail.com.


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