The Garfield Lake Review is an annual literary and visual arts magazine established in 1971. Editorial selections, magazine design, and layout are all completed by students of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. We are primarily interested in publishing work from our college community, but we will consider work from talented writers and artists beyond the immediate community. We encourage writers and artists to review previous issues of the magazine at http://www.garfieldlakereview.com before submitting work.

We review all work anonymously: please do not include your name or other personal identifiers in the file title or in the submission itself.

The submission deadline for the 2019 edition is Oct. 12, 2018.

If you do not already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to create one when you click Submit. The account is free.

The print version of the magazine is available in April annually and is free for contributors and members of the college community; all others may acquire a copy by clicking on the "Purchase a copy" link listed below.

Please read all guidelines carefully.

File formats and naming

We accept digital images: photographs and photos of 2D and 3D artworks. Please upload the highest-resolution image that you have; smartphone photos often cannot be printed because their resolution is insufficient.

Please name your files -- alpha-numeric codes like IMG_11486976 make file management difficult.

Personal Identifiers/Anonymous Submissions

Do not put your name in the body of the submission or in the file name. We review all work anonymously. 

Submitting Multiple Works

Individuals may submit up to ten works total (in any combination of media).

Biographical Statements

Biographical statements should be limited to 150 words and be in the third person, present tense ("Frank Incense is a lyrical poet from Allegan, Michigan"). Please write about yourself: we ask that contributors not provide commentary on the work that is being submitted for consideration (when/where it was taken, written, made, what it’s about, et cetera). We welcome comments on your artistic mission and goals. If you have previous publications you would like to highlight, shows that you have had work displayed in, or if you have a website or social media presence that you would like to include, please feel free, but remember that these count as part of your word total.

Please read all guidelines carefully.

File Formats and File Naming

Creative non-fiction submissions should be double-spaced. We accept files in the following formats: docx, doc, and rtf. 

Please name your files with your submission's title -- file names like "Story 1" make file management difficult.

Personal Identifiers/Anonymous Submissions

Do not put your name in the body of the submission, in a header or footer, or in the file name. We review all work anonymously. 

Submitting Multiple Works

Individuals may submit up to ten pieces total, in any combination of media.

Editing and Proofreading

Please edit and proofread your work as carefully as possible: we enjoy working with our writers to help make their work as strong as possible, but excessive inattention to things like typos, grammar and punctuation may lead to otherwise desirable work being rejected.

Biographical Statements

Biographical statements should be limited to 150 words and be in the third person, present tense ("Frank Incense is a lyrical poet from Allegan, Michigan"). Please write about yourself: we ask that contributors not provide commentary on the work that is being submitted for consideration (when/where it was taken, written, made, what it’s about, et cetera). We welcome comments on your artistic mission and goals. If you have previous publications you would like to highlight, shows that you have had work displayed in, or if you have a website or social media presence that you would like to include, please feel free, but remember that these count as part of your word total.

Please read all guidelines carefully.

File Formats and File Naming

Fiction submissions should be double-spaced. We accept files in the following formats: docx, doc, and rtf. 

Please name your files with your submission's title -- file names like "Story 1" make file management difficult.

Personal Identifiers/Anonymous Submissions

Do not put your name in the body of the submission, in the header/footer, or in the file name. We review all work anonymously. 

Submitting Multiple Works

Individuals may submit up to ten works total, in any combination of media.

Editing and Proofreading

Please edit and proofread your work as carefully as possible: we enjoy working with our writers to help make their work as strong as possible, but excessive inattention to things like typos, grammar and punctuation may lead to otherwise desirable work being rejected.

Biographical Statements

Biographical statements should be limited to 150 words and be in the third person, present tense ("Frank Incense is a lyrical poet from Allegan, Michigan"). Please write about yourself: we ask that contributors not provide commentary on the work that is being submitted for consideration (when/where it was taken, written, made, what it’s about, et cetera). We welcome comments on your artistic mission and goals. If you have previous publications you would like to highlight, shows that you have had work displayed in, or if you have a website or social media presence that you would like to include, please feel free, but remember that these count as part of your word total.

Please use this category for creative works that aren't prose fiction, creative non-fiction, photography, or photographs of 2D and 3D visual art (for instance, comics, satirical pieces, graphic narratives, etc.). Read all guidelines carefully.

File Formats and File Naming

Prose submissions should be double-spaced. We accept files in the following formats: docx, doc, and rtf. 

Submissions with strong visual components like comics or graphic narratives should be submitted as .jpg or .jpeg files.

Please name your files with your submission's title -- file names like "Story 1" make file management difficult.

Personal Identifiers/Anonymous Submissions

Do not put your name in the body of the submission, in a header or footer, or in the file name. We review all work anonymously. 

Submitting Multiple Works

Individuals may submit up to ten pieces total, in any combination of media.

Editing and Proofreading

Please edit and proofread your work as carefully as possible: we enjoy working with our contributors to help make their work as strong as possible, but excessive inattention to things like typos, grammar and punctuation may lead to otherwise desirable work being rejected. If you are submitting a .jpg, please submit the highest-possible resolution file you can.

Biographical Statements

Biographical statements should be limited to 150 words and be in the third person, present tense ("Frank Incense is a lyrical poet from Allegan, Michigan"). Please write about yourself: we ask that contributors not provide commentary on the work that is being submitted for consideration (when/where it was taken, written, made, what it’s about, et cetera). We welcome comments on your artistic mission and goals. If you have previous publications you would like to highlight, shows that you have had work displayed in, or if you have a website or social media presence that you would like to include, please feel free, but remember that these count as part of your word total.

Please read all guidelines carefully: they have changed from previous years'.

File Formats and File Naming

Poetry submissions should be formatted exactly as you want them to appear in the publication (if you left- and right-justify, we will print it like that; if you double-space your poem, we will assume you have a lot of stanza breaks and will print it that way). We accept files in the following formats: docx, doc, and rtf. 

Please name your files with your submission's title -- file names like "Poem" make file management difficult.

Personal Identifiers/Anonymous Submissions

Do not put your name in the body of the submission, in the header/footer, or in the file name. We review all work anonymously. 

Submitting Multiple Works

Individuals may submit up to ten pieces total, in any combination of media.

Editing and Proofreading

Please edit and proofread your work as carefully as possible: we enjoy working with our writers to help make their work as strong as possible, but excessive inattention to things like typos, grammar and punctuation may lead to otherwise desirable work being rejected.

Biographical Statements

Biographical statements should be limited to 150 words and be in the third person, present tense ("Frank Incense is a lyrical poet from Allegan, Michigan"). Please write about yourself: we ask that contributors not provide commentary on the work that is being submitted for consideration (when/where it was taken, written, made, what it’s about, et cetera). We welcome comments on your artistic mission and goals. If you have previous publications you would like to highlight, shows that you have had work displayed in, or if you have a website or social media presence that you would like to include, please feel free, but remember that these count as part of your word total.

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