The Vehicle is the student-run literary journal of Eastern Illinois University. In the first half of 2020, we will publish an online issue in January and in the spring. 

  We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers and are interested in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, short plays, as well as artwork. Please submit no more than 4,000 words of prose or 6 poems at one time and wait for a response from the editors before submitting more work.

  Simultaneous submissions are warmly encouraged but please withdraw your submission via the submission manager as quickly as possible should your work be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing only part of a submission, e-mail us at

 The deadline for consideration for the January 2020 online issue is December 9, 2019. We do accept submissions year-round, but we will consider later submissions for the next issue.

  Please do not query about the status of your submission before four months have passed.


Tamara McRill Chambers

Ian Holden

Megan Keane


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Please submit short stories of any length up to 4,000 words. If submitting multiple stories, please submit them as separate files.

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Please submit up to 6 poems, each in a separate file, for consideration.

If you are submitting more than one essay at a time, please submit them as separate files. Each essay can be up to 4,000 words in length.

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Art accepted for print publication must be available at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Artwork accepted for the print issue will be printed in black and white.

If submitting more than one work at a time, please submit them as separate files. Submissions can be up to 4,000 words in length.

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