1807: An Art and Literary Journal

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Submissions for the next issue of 1807 are being accepted until Nov. 29. UMB faculty, staff, students, alumni, Medical Center employees, and West Baltimore neighbors are encouraged to submit their works.

View the inaugural edition, released in May 2019.

Our Vision

1807 is an anthology curated, edited, and produced by members of the UMB community. UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as University of Maryland Medical Center 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 West 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 showcases the talents of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader UMB community and neighbors in visual arts (painting, drawing, illustration, digital art, monotypes, monoprints), photography, varied media (sculpture, clay, metal, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood), and the written word (short story, essay, narrative, poetry). 1807 seeks high-caliber, unpublished works that broadly and creatively relate to the Council for the Arts & Culture’s themes of social justice, health, healing, the mind, and the body. 



Who May Submit

Submissions may be entered by members of the UMB community, which includes UMB faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as University of Maryland Medical Center employees and our West Baltimore neighbors.

When to Submit

The deadline to submit is 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2019.

Artists and authors are encouraged to submit early because 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.



  • Poetry
  • Essays
  • Narratives
  • Short stories (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Other

 Visual Art 

  • Painting
  • Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Digital art
  • Other


  • Landscape
  • People
  • Art
  • Other

Varied Art

  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Clay
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Jewelry
  • Other

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

One submission may be a single item or a series of items connected by a common theme, look, color, pattern, type, etc. 1807 reserves the right to group like or similar entries as a series.

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

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

How to Submit, Submission Parameters, and Plagiarism

Submissions will be accepted electronically via Submittable.

You may re-submit unpublished entries from a prior year. 

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. Incorrectly categorizing your art may result in disqualification. 

Work that is submitted to 1807 must not be plagiarized or violate copyright laws. If a submitted work is plagiarized and/or violates copyright laws, the work will be disqualified. Please review this document for more information.

How to Name Your Art

When submitting to any category, please name your artwork as follows:
lastname_first name_ submission number
ex. smith_amy_1

Please note: Your name and other identifying details on your submission application will be withheld from the judges during the "blind review."

Visual Submission Guidelines

Visual submissions should be saved as JPEG, EPS, PDF, or PSD files (BMP, TIFF or ZIP files are not supported and will not be judged). We highly recommend a file size of at least 1 MB. For example, an image, when sized to 8”x10” needs to be at least 300 dpi. 

  • Small items must be photographed on a solid background such as a black or white matte background (ex. jewelry on a piece of non-shiny black felt or non-glossy white paper).
  • BLURRY PHOTOS will be disqualified
  • ONLY submit photography of the actual art itself. (ex. do not photograph the table your artwork is sitting on or its frame unless it is PART OF the art. Extraneous objects such as these may be omitted in the publication.

PHOTOS WITH PEOPLE - the artist must possess, and agree to submit upon request, a signed photo release from the subject.

Images not sized correctly will be disqualified. If you cannot provide a digital image which meets these parameters, or if you are unsure about your photo, email drampolla@umaryland.edu. Photography of art can be provided by UMB staff on a limited basis--if this service is needed, then art must be brought to the University for photographing by appointment only.

Literary Submission Guidelines - Formatting Your Manuscript

There is a 1000 word limit on submissions. If your submission is an excerpt from your larger written work, please preface the submission with the words "Excerpt from [your title]."

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.

Written submissions should be saved as Doc or DocX files (no PDFs, please). 

Written entries with errors/ typos etc may be disqualified or published as-is.

Files submitted in unreadable file formats will not be considered.

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

Please indicate on your submission form if you are willing to display your artwork, if selected, in an art gallery display.

Copies of 1807

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


All artists or authors who submit work to 1807 must agree to the terms.