There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thank you for your interest in Brainchild. Brainchild is the premier literary and arts magazine for undergraduate honors students in the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA).  Brainchild strives to showcase the best works from honors students in this region in a manner that afford the creators the exposure and recognition that their works deserve. Below you will find the submission categories (fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, fine art and photography) as well as the submission guidelines associated with each category. Those submitting will see a button on the upper right-hand corner of each category (Show Guidelines) which contain our submission guidelines, along with other pertinent information. Note: it is incredibly important for those submitting to read these submission guidelines to determine what information to include with your submission (the other information may prove useful as well)—following these guidelines will increase your chance of being published.

Consulting our categories will provide you with information regarding the kinds of works our editors read so that those submitting can get a better idea of our personal tastes. Consulting the past issues on our site will give you an idea of what we have published. Sometimes our personal tastes and what we publish overlap, sometimes they do not. As stated on our website, our chief prerequisite is quality, though knowing our tastes will hopefully give you a better sense of our aesthetic.

accepts simultaneous submissions; however, submitted works may not have been previously published. We ask that you identify your submission as a simultaneous submission if you have submitted it to another publication and that you notify us immediately if your submission is published while under our review.

We consider the following prose submissions:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Essays

Our word limit for these submissions is 8,000 words. Please only send us one work in each of these categories. If we like your work and wish to see more, we will ask.

We also consider the following art submissions:

  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Fine Art

We only accept work from undergraduate Honors students currently enrolled in an Honors College or Program at an accredited institution of higher education. If you do not meet this requirement, we apologize, but we are unable to accept your submission. 

Any questions about the submission process can be directed to the editors at We appreciate your submissions and look forward to working with you.