Border Crossing

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

We are currently accepting visual art submissions only.  (Scroll down for more information.)

To learn more about Border Crossing, please visit our website, where you can read samples of published work and order copies. To receive updates about new issues, submissions deadlines, contests, and readings, please add us on facebook

Border Crossing is a literary and arts journal published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. Uniquely situated on the border of the United States and Canada, we're committed to publishing the best work submitted by emerging and established writers on both sides of the border and abroad, as well as supporting literacy and the arts in the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario.

We're especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications. The best way to see what we mean by this is to order a copy of our latest issue. All of our submissions go through a rigorous editorial board process. We consider ourselves a “teaching journal,” in that one of our main goals is to give LSSU English and creative writing students editing and publishing opportunities prior to graduation. Visual art is only considered from residents of Michigan or Ontario in order to provide an outlet where area artists may publish their work.

We only accept submissions via this online form during our official reading period. Submissions emailed, mailed, or sent outside of our reading period will not be read. Please follow the guidelines for each genre. Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions during our reading periods. For writers who have been previously published in Border Crossing, please wait one year after publication before submitting again. Please note that we only consider work that is unpublished at the time of submission and that you must be able to offer us first North American serial rights.

Important note: Please do not include your name, address, and phone number on your submission file, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. Only include that information on your cover letter, pasted into the cover letter area, along with an email address you regularly check, and a brief biography of about fifty words. 

Please refrain from multiple submissions in the same genre. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For poems, please send us a note indicating which part of your submission was accepted elsewhere. We can be reached at

Response time is roughly 4-6 months. Contributors receive two copies of the journal as payment.