We welcome submissions from artists at all stages in the artistic process. We crave art that provokes an array of strong reactions, from pensive reflection to raucous uprising. We want art that surprises us, challenges us, grabs our gaze and holds it, guides our eyes to the next line and the next. We are proud to serve as a vehicle that brings works of art from emerging artists into the world. We hope that you will join us in our mission to share art by submitting your work to us. 

Brainchild is a literary and arts magazine, based at Kent State University, which publishes the works of students attending schools in the Mid-East Honors Association. We are currently accepting original written works, including prose, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as submissions of visual art, including paintings, fine art, and photography. We welcome submissions that exist at the fringes of categorization or push the boundaries of a specific form, such as dynamic or typographic poems.

We consider the following submissions:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Photography
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration

We only accept work from undergraduate Honors students within the MEHA region who are 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 editor@brainchildmagazine.org. We appreciate your submissions and look forward to working with you.

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The category of "Fiction" deals with prose of short story and flash fiction length. We look for pieces that exhibit authenticity, express originality, and evoke emotion.

A typical work of flash fiction is less than 1,000 words. A typical short story may be between 1,000 and 7,500 words. If you have a question concerning the length of your piece, please contact us.

We accept submissions in the file types of .docx and .rtf.

Please review previous issues for examples of what we publish. 
Creative Nonfiction is a difficult category to define. Surprise us. Give us your truth and experience. If you have a question about if we will publish certain approaches to this genre, ask us. Because our emphasis is on creative work, we regret that we are not a venue for academic writing. 

We accept submissions in the file types of doc and rtf.

Please review previous issues for examples of what we publish. 

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The best poems we receive have a careful attention to detail, and they have been revised multiple times. We encourage you to send us as many poems in one file as you want so that we may get a better understanding of your style as a poet; we accept submissions in the file types of doc and rtf.

Please review previous issues for examples of what we publish.
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Brainchild seeks photographs that capture and exhibit moments in time that evoke a visceral reaction. We expect mastery of technique and are open to subjects that will interest our audience. We embrace abstract, figurative, and landscape images.

We accept submissions in the file types of pdf, jpeg(high resolution) and .tiff(though we prefer .tiff files). The DPI for files should be 300 or higher.

Please review previous issues for examples of what we publish. 

There is no exhaustive list of what we will accept, but it is important to note that every fine art submission we have published have one characteristic in common: they have affected us in some way. They have affected the way we look at the state of things around us and forced us to explore our own emotional depth. We want to be invited to offer multiple interpretations. Send us your drawings, paintings, illustrations, prints, digital art, typographical projects, and more. 

We accept submissions in the file types of pdf, jpeg(high resolution), and tiff  (though we prefer tiff files). The DPI for files should be 300 or higher.

Please review previous issues for examples of what we publish. 

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