Literary Section – Submission Guidelines                    Fall 2011-Spring 2012

The literary section of the Observer showcases Fordham students’ original creative writing. This includes—but is not limited to—poetry (free form, prose poetry, haiku, sonnets, sestinas, et al.) and prose (short stories, nonfiction, personal essays, et al.).



Individual students can submit up to ten poems per semester. Each poem should be minimum one (1) line, maximum forty (40) lines. Longer works may be considered up to the discretion of the literary editor.


Individual students can submit up to six pieces of prose per semester. Shorter pieces are better for the newspaper, but word count is flexible. Ideally, each piece of prose should not exceed 3,000 words. However, longer pieces may be considered.

Submission Information

Due to space limitations and a high volume of submitted writing, submissions are on a rolling basis. This means that all submissions are considered for any particular issue of the Observer throughout the academic year. For example, if a student submits a poem in November of 2011, it might not be published until January of 2012.


All submissions are read and considered by the literary editor.


Submissions should be sent to literary editor Matt Petronzio:

  • electronically to in .doc or .rtf format


  • labeled “Literary Submission(s)” in hardcopy* through the Observer’s mailbox in the Office of Student               Leadership and Community Development (LL 408)

*students should include their e-mail address or another form of contact information with the                                                   hardcopy submission


Each student should include his or her class year with the submissions.


Any questions can also be directed to Matt Petronzio at