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The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB’s) Council for the Arts & Culture (the “Council”) is pleased to announce that the inaugural edition of 1807: An Art and Literary Journal, will launch in the spring of 2019.

1807 is an anthology curated, edited, and produced by members of the UMB community including UMB faculty, staff, and students as well as UMMC employees and our West Baltimore neighbors are encouraged to enter. Submission does not guarantee publication. Submissions are free and made online only.

The goal of the publication is to promote the artists in the UMB community, to create more engagement between the UMB and southwest Baltimore communities, and to serve as a recruitment tool.

Our Mission

1807 strives to encourage members of the UMB community to express themselves creatively through art and the written word. The annual journal will showcase the talents of our faculty, staff, students, and the broader UMB community and neighbors in the visual arts (painting, drawing, photography), other art mediums (sculpture, clay, metal, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood), and the written word (short story, essay, poetry). 1807 seeks high-caliber, unpublished works that broadly and creatively relate to the Council’s themes of social justice, health, healing, the mind, and the body.  


Please use the anchor links below to review the process of submitting your piece:

Who May Submit | When To Submit | What You May Submit How To Submit and Submission ParametersOther Important Things To Know | Gallery Show Copies of 1807Terms

Who May Submit

Submissions may be submitted by UMB faculty, staff, students, and the broader UMB community and neighbors.

When to Submit

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15, 2019.

Artists and authors are encouraged to submit early as the site may become overwhelmed in the hour or two before the deadline.

What You May Submit

We accept writing, photography, and photographs of artwork.

We accept up to five submissions per person total (not per category).

A maximum of one submission per person will be selected per category for publication.

Within legal parameters, certain works deemed pornographic, violent, or otherwise unacceptable for publication will not be considered for publication.

How to Submit and Submission Parameters

Submissions will be accepted electronically via Submittable.

The journal will not accept submissions through postal services or email. If needed, University computers will be available for submitting items for consideration. Please contact drampolla@umaryland.edu if you need access to a computer to submit your work.

When submitting, there are several categories from which to choose; please choose the correct category for the type of work you want to submit.  

When submitting to any category, please remove your name from the actual submission file (if possible), to keep the judging process completely blind. Your name and other identifying details on your submission application will be withheld from the judges. 

Visual submissions should be 300 dpi or higher, and saved as JPEG, EPS, PDF, or PSD files. Please do not submit BMP, TIFF or ZIP files as these files are not supported and may not be judged.

Written submissions should be saved as Doc or DocX files (no PDFs, please). There is a 1000 word limit on submissions.

Formatting Your Manuscript:

  • All manuscripts should be formatted in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins and sequentially numbered pages.
  • Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced.
  • Poetry should be single-spaced.

For further information or if you have any questions, email drampolla@umaryland.edu.

Other Important Things to Know

Files submitted in unreadable file formats will not be considered.

Submissions must include a biosketch of up to 100 words that may be included in the printed or online publication.

How to get help with submission questions or obstacles:

Unpublished works: We accept only writing, photography, and imagery of art that has not been previously published, in print or online.

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions (submissions that have been submitted to other contests, journals, etc.), but you must inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Gallery Show

We reserve the right to select certain pieces from the published selections to be displayed at an exhibition during the 1807 launch party.

Copies of 1807

Published artists/authors will receive at least one copy of the printed issue of 1807 in which their work appears.


All artists or authors who submit work to 1807: An Art and Literary Journal must agree to the terms.