Guidelines for Submissions

Fall Deadline: 11:59 pm. Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Mail-in Deadline: Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018

The Collage staff is on the hunt for excellent, original creative works! We accept visual artwork, literary works, audio, and video submissions produced by MTSU students and recent MTSU alumni (up to three years past graduation).

What Kind of Work is Accepted?

In addition to the visual and literary artworks that started the Collage tradition, we are now thrilled to begin publishing your music and video works of art in our online publication! Whether you love to paint, draw, sculpt, craft, or photograph; pen prose stories, poetry, play scripts, or song lyrics; write, perform, and record original music or spoken word of any genre; or capture and craft original film works of any kind; then we can’t wait to receive and enjoy your work! 

If you are a multi-disciplined, ­­­artistic genius, then you’ll love to know that you CAN submit to and potentially be published in all 4 of our categories: Visual, Literary, Audio, and Video.

How Are the Selections Made?

Submissions will be graded upon quality, originality, and creative expression. Final selections are made at the discretion of the Collage staff through criteria that has been established as appropriate to showcase the University, the Honors College, and our diverse community.

If a submission gets accepted, you'll hear from us towards the end of the semester by email to the email address listed in your submission information.

Before You Submit, Please Carefully Note the Following:

1. Don't identify yourself on either the copy of the submitted work or on the digital file. Our blind grading process maintains the integrity of our high standards of excellent work, and leaving your signature on the artwork or your name in the file name invites bias into our process and makes the grading staff very cranky.

2. Submitting your work gives Collage permission to publish submitted work in the printed magazine, the online publication, and the MTSU institutional repository

3. Submitting your work gives Collage permission to edit submitted work. Before you freak out, read on to understand that we’re not going to alter your content or artistic intention. For literary submissions, we will only polish spelling, punctuation, and grammar as needed, while always respecting any intentionally unique spacing and formatting. For visual art, if we're really crazy about a piece that was originally submitted in low quality, we will offer to reshoot the image, if possible. We will never make edits to submissions under the categories of Photography, Audio, and Video. We will, of course, contact you about what is intentional before making any changes.

4.  Having your work published in Collage does not relinquish or weaken your copyright to your work in any way. If anything, it functions to establish your intellectual property as your own and thereby strengthens it. You do not need to have your work legally copyrighted before submitting. You will retain all rights to your work, and are simply granting us permission to print your work.

If you feel like making a personal delivery to submit, feel free to stop by the Collage office on the second floor of the Martin Honors Building (Room 224) or our Advisor Marsha Powers’ office (Room 225) to drop off a USB drive or visual submission. USB drives will be returned immediately while visual submissions will be kept until the end of the semester for potential re-photographing, unless otherwise requested.

Feel like mailing a submission in? Be sure to get it signed, sealed, and delivered by January 30th. Send to:

Collage Editor
MTSU Box 267
Murfreesboro, TN 37132



Contact Marsha Powers, the Collage Adviser by calling 615-898-5759 or using You can also get in touch with the Collage Editor in Chief at