The Record

Submission Guidelines

The submission period for the 2021 issue is open through March 1, 2021!

The 2021 issue will be online only. 

Trinity Washington University’s literary magazine The Record welcomes writers and artists of all mediums and expressions. Contributors must be students or alumni of Trinity Washington University.

All works submitted must be original and previously unpublished in any form, including social media posts. Please do not submit work that has been simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere.

You may submit up to five total submissions—writing and/or art. Choose your best. We are looking for work that only you can create. If it’s a good photo but one you would typically see on many Instagram sites, rethink how to retake that photo to make it more intriguing, less predictable, more you. The covers of our 2018, 2019, and 2020 issues serve as great examples of original art submissions.

If it’s a poem or story, have we heard the same ideas before, in the same way? The feelings might be real, but go back, do some editing. Remove the cliches. Add concrete images and sensory description. Again, make it fresh, and make it you. The vivid description in this brief work of fiction provides an example of the kind of language we are looking for in prose or poetry.

Email your submissions to therecord@trinitydc.edu, stating the type of submission (short fiction or creative nonfiction, poetry, or art) in the subject line. Please attach a file that contains your work instead of pasting your text or image into the body of the email. The file name should include your last name and the title of your work (for example, MORRISONsongofsolomon.docx).

Please include in your email:

  • Your name, as you want it to appear with your work
  • Title(s) of work submitted (we prefer something other than “Untitled”)
  • How you are connected to Trinity (are you a student? In which school? if you are an alumna, which degree and year?)
  • Both a Trinity and a non-Trinity email address (if you have one)
  • Permanent mailing address (other than a campus post office box)
  • For art, the medium (e.g., watercolor painting)

Guidelines for Short Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction) and Poetry

The Record publishes original poetry, short fiction, and short creative nonfiction pieces. We are open to many subjects and styles, but we prefer submissions of 2500 words or less.

  • The file must be a Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Your text should be 12-point font in Times New Roman
  • Prose should be double-spaced, and poetry should be single-spaced

Guidelines for Art, Photography, and Graphic Narratives

The Record considers high-quality photography as well as photographs of original art, including works such as paintings, drawings, sculptures. We would love to see graphic narratives (fiction or nonfiction). Surprise us.

  • The file must be a .jpg itself or a .jpg pasted into a Microsoft Word document
  • The image must have a resolution of 300 dpi/300 ppi or higher (we may refuse to consider images with lesser quality)
  • Images must be clear, taken directly above or in front of the art, and cropped if necessary
  • Images must also be free of frames, watermarks, or digital signatures (a signature on the painting or drawing itself is fine)
  • Images must print sharply at 5” wide, 7” high, so we strongly advise orienting graphic submissions in portrait (tall) format rather than landscape (wide) format to better fit our journal page

Submissions Review and Response Process

All submissions will be reviewed in accordance with the editorial guidelines determined by the staff. Please bear in mind that not all works submitted will be published. The staff reserves the right to request and/or make edits to correct grammar, punctuation, or spelling.

Contributors are typically notified via email of the staff’s decision within one to three months.

Be prepared to e-sign a publishing agreement if your work is accepted; your work cannot be published without a signed agreement. 

Contributors are not paid but normally receive two free copies of the magazine. Due to the pandemic, we cannot print select issues.

The Record is typically published, in print and online, in the spring of each year.