The (In)Evitable Ending - Call for original poems, stories, essays, and artwork.

deadline for submissions: 
February 14, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Applause Literary Magazine

Dear Writers,  

We are excited to share that Applause, the national literary arts and culture magazine housed at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Est. 1980), is currently accepting submissions from undergraduate students around the country for our 33rd issue. We would be honored if you would share this information with your students. We are accepting submissions until 2/14/2023, but the earlier the better for submissions! 


Applause is an annual, full-online, journal with a strong web platform allowing us to offer an immersive reading experience as we showcase in each issue the writing that moves us most during our reading period. We acquire First North American Serial Rights. We pay $25 per contributor. Work selected for publication will receive both publication and national exposure through our social media support systems. Our response time is approximately one to three months. 


Each annual issue is a (loosely) themed issue. Our current call for submissions is as follows: 


The (In)Evitable Ending 


Evitable; adj. That admits of being avoided; avoidable 


Applause is looking for the most interesting angles you can give us as your piece approaches its “evitable ending.” We’re reading submissions from 9/29/2022 until 2/14/2023. 


Every poem, story, and essay begins with knowing there’s an end, but the ending doesn’t have to be inevitable to satisfy the reader. The narrative’s end isn’t always the best ending to choose. Sometimes the end of “what actually happened” is really the poem, story, or essay’s beginning. We’re looking for original poems, stories, essays, and artwork that showcases what happens when we avoid the avoidable. 


Imagine the ending. Avoid it. Then send it to us. 


Please contact Dr. Christian Anton Gerard at if you have any questions about our magazine. This Submittable link will take your students to Applause’s guidelines and submissions page where your students can submit their work for consideration: 


Here’s a link to our website and latest issue: