Cola reads for fiction and poetry twice a year. We offer a paid reading period in the fall months, with a submission fee of $3. This period supports the basic operational costs of running our journal such as publishing, web hosting, etc.

Our free reading period typically takes place during the spring months. All submissions, free or otherwise, are considered equally.

To see if your work is a good fit, take a look at the recent work we’ve published in print and on our website.

The best place to learn about whether or not we are open for submissions is on our Twitter page.


  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions, however please let us know immediately if your work gets accepted elsewhere by sending a message through Submittable.
  • Please only submit once per reading period.
  • Poetry submissions: please submit 3-5 poems combined in a single Word document with no more than one poem per page.
  • Fiction submissions: we consider stories from 1,000 to 5,000 words in length. (8,000 words is the absolute max.) Please double-space and paginate your document. If you intend to submit shorter works of fiction (1,000 words or less), we encourage you to include 3-5 pieces in a single document.
  • Please include a brief (about 100 words or less) bio and a mailing address in your cover letter.
  • Please send us your work via our Submittable. We do not accept email submissions at this time. We also do not accept postal submissions, unless you are currently incarcerated.
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