Conceptions Southwest

General Submission Guidelines for the 2011-2012 issue

(download the form here):

Who can submit

All contributors must be UNM students (including undergraduate, graduate, professional, non-traditional, and continuing education), alumni, faculty, or staff.

What to submit

Fiction: Short fiction or excerpts from longer works, no longer than 5,000 words each
Non-Fiction: Short memoirs, personal essays, literary journalism, etc. or excerpts from longer works, no longer than 5,000 words each
Poetry: Any style, no longer than 5,000 words each
Photography: Black and white or color
Visual Art: Two-dimensional works (paintings, drawings, digital art, prints, etc.), or photographs of three-dimensional works (sculptures, models, jewelry, installation pieces, etc.). Comic art must be no longer than one page.
Scripts: Works for stage or screen, including monologues, short plays, short screenplays, or excerpts from longer works, no longer than 5,000 words each
Music: Sheet music, with or without lyrics, no longer than 5 pages each

§ Text submissions may be in English or Spanish, and works in other languages will be considered.
§ Visual submissions may be in color or black and white, but much of the artwork appearing in the magazine will be printed in black and white, so keep this in mind when submitting your work.
§ We will not accept previously published works or simultaneous submissions.
§ All works must be titled. “Untitled” is not an acceptable title.

How to submit

§ A completed Conceptions Southwest submission form must accompany all submissions.
§ Submissions are limited to 5 works per person in any category or combination of categories. (Example: 5 poems, or 2 poems, 1 photograph, and 2 scripts)
§ Do not include your name anywhere on any submissions, ONLY on the submission form.
§ Hard copies and electronic file submissions are accepted.
· Text submissions must be typed, double-spaced, with page numbers and title. Pieces must be no longer than 5,000 words. Electronic files of the piece should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.
· Visual submissions must be saved as .gif, .jpg, or .tif format (minimum 300 dpi) if submitted electronically.
§ Deliver submissions to the Daily Lobo Classifieds Office (Marron Hall Room 107) or submit works electronically via email to Email subject titles should read as the author or artist’s last name, the title of the piece, and the category the piece is being submitted under (e.g. “Vonnegut: ‘Harrison Bergeron,’ fiction”).
§ Do not submit your original or your only copy of any works.
§ If you are delivering a physical copy, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of acceptance or rejection.

deliver to the Daily Lobo Classifieds Office (Marron Hall, room 107)
Send submissions to by the deadline:
Monday, Dec. 12, 2011
Any works not adhering to these guidelines may be disqualified.
For questions, comments, or concerns, contact Conceptions Southwest at or call (505) 277-5656.