***Our staff will be on vacation in July and August. Submissions will close on June 30 and reopen September 1. Have a good summer y'all!! ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ***


The MacGuffin is a triannually-published, print litmag based out of Schoolcraft College. Here are our general submission guidelines. You can find genre specific guidelines in each form.

  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print or online.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them. If there's a mistake with your submission, please send us a message or email macguffin@schoolcraft.edu instead of withdrawing.
  • No cover letters are required. The information you include in the Submittable form will suffice.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • All withdrawals must come through Submittable, not email.
  • We do not consider translations.
  • All files must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf. We will not make any edits to your submission without informing you first. Authors whose work is accepted will receive galley proofs before publication.
  • Please use Times New Roman 12pt. For work that requires specific spacing/formatting, use Palatino or Book Antiqua.
  • The MacGuffin is published by Schoolcraft College. Upon publication, all publishing rights revert back to the author. Contributors receive two copies.


  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • We will consider up to five poems at a time.
  • All poems must be submitted in one file with each poem beginning on a new page.
  • Please contact us through Submittable if you wish to WITHDRAW an individual poem from your submission. 
  • Poems up to 200 lines will be considered.


  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • We will consider no more than two pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, or one of each, at a time. When sending multiple works, please send them in separate Submittable forms.
  • Submissions must be double-spaced with 1โ€ margins all around.
  • The maximum word count is 5000 words.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • We will consider no more than two pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, or one of each, at a time. When sending multiple works, please send them in separate Submittable forms.
  • Submissions must be double-spaced with 1โ€ margins all around.
  • The maximum word count is 5000 words.

ยท All artwork must be at least 2700p in height and 1800p in width, and submitted as a .png, .tiff, or .jpg.

ยท Artists may send up to 10 works per submission. Please wait to hear back from us before sending more work.

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