Submissions will open October 5th through November 30th for all undergraduate writers in the U. S.


The Tributary is looking for submissions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The Tributary is a paying publication:

Prose submission (fiction and creative nonfiction): 1,000-5,000 words. $0.08 per word

Poetry: 3-5 poems (no minimum or maximum line requirement), $100.00 per poem (unless per word rates exceed $100, then $0.08 per word will be applied).

Note: Payment is made via check. Accepted writers must provide a mailing address and social security number in order to receive payment.

You do not have to be a creative writing, English, or fine arts major to submit! We are open to all U. S. candidates, and we especially encourage and welcome submissions from diverse voices and under-represented populations, including, but not limited to, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and nontraditional students. We welcome all genres, including literary fiction, speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy), romance, etc.

Submissions will be accepted October 5th through November 30th, closing at midnight EST.

Submission Format:

Please follow traditional formatting guidelines for prose submissions, found here.

For poetry, please follow these guidelines.

Only one submission per writer per category. Writers are welcome to submit to multiple categories.

In the subject of the email, please follow this format:

Fiction Submission: Your Title

Poetry Submission: Your Title(s)

CNF Submission: Your Title

Please email submissions in a Word document to thetributary[@] Please attach a Word document (.doc or .docx) containing the manuscript (please include all poems in one document).

In the body of the email, please include a cover letter containing the follow: 

  1. The name of your institution
  2. Any important information or three of your previous publications
  3. A brief (one paragraph) bio or description of yourself, written in third person

Any submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.

On behalf of Lycoming College, we at The Tributary look forward to following where your creativity leads.