Submission Guidelines

The MacGuffin

For all submissions

  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use a standard, easy-to-read typeface (for example, Arial or Times).
  • List title(s) and include a brief bio in cover letter. Do not staple work.
  • Include name, address, telephone number, email address, and the page number on each page.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response. We thank you in advance for your patience.
  • All inquiries about submissions must be made via email or U.S. mail.

Postal submissions

  • Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) (No. 10 or larger) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply onlyNo work will be returned.

E-mail submissions

  • Submissions may be made electronically to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit each work as a Word document attachment.

Additional information

  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts may be withdrawn until an issue enters the typesetting process.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • Additional copies may be purchased at substantial savings.
  • Translations are welcome, and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Translators are responsible for author’s permission.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.


  • We consider traditional, formal, free verse, and experimental poetry.
  • Poems can be up to 400 lines.
  • There are no subject biases.
  • Please do not submit more than five poems at one time.
  • Poems should by typed, single-spaced, and one per page.

Fiction and creative non-fiction

  • We have no subject biases, though obvious pornographic material will not be published.
  • Maximum length is 5000 words. Please include word count. Portions of longer works are acceptable if they can stand alone. Please do not submit more than two stories.
  • All prose should be typed and double-spaced.
  • One submission per envelope/email.


  • Submit the best quality image available; that is, original photographs, slides, or artwork. Photocopies or laser outputs scan unevenly, and leave streaks across the image.
  • If you want an image cropped, indicate the cropping on a photocopy of the image. Do not crop photos or artwork. We size and crop images electronically.
  • Electronic Images should be EPS or TIFF files saved at 300 dpi for photos and 600 (minimum) to 1200 (maximum) dpi for line art.
  • Embedded images are not accessible to the page layout software.
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Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152-2696
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