Committed to excellence, Sangam—home to Louisiana’s Poet Laureate and Southern University’s Languages and Literature Department—is looking for your best work for our next issue, due out in spring 2021.

We look to welcome new writers while also feature contributors that have been nominees and recipients of esteemed writing awards, prizes, and honors, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pushcart Prize, and Poet Laureate, as well as publishing original work and translations with leading journals and presses, including American Life in PoetryThe Iowa ReviewNew York Quarterly, The New YorkerNorth American ReviewOxford University Press, and The Writer’s Almanac, among others.

We carefully consider every submission and are looking forward to you being part of Sangam’s emerging position in today’s literary tradition.

Submit your best unpublished short fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, irrespective of length, subject, or style to Ryan James McGuckin, Chief Editor, at, listing your genre of writing in the email subject line. You should attach your writing as a PDF to ensure your formatting remains intact. In the body of your email, please write a brief third-person biography that includes any previous publications or relevant awards.

We begin opening submissions every January 1st and September 1st and our response time is typically three months before going to print at the end of each fall and spring season. 

While we do not prefer simultaneous submissions, please notify us at your earliest convivence if an aspect of your submission has been accepted elsewhere.

At this time, we do not print any works with referenced materials that require permissions, such as archival documents, artwork, or photography. We do, however, welcome works that reference such materials so long as writers do not display them in their manuscript.

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