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Orpheus Submission Guidelines

Founded by Dr. Solomon O. Iyasere in 1973, Orpheus is a literary journal published annually to encourage creative writing and artistic thinking amongst the students of California State University, Bakersfield. The editing team is faculty advised, but composed of a student body, which oversees every step of production.


Orpheus Submission Guidelines


General Guidelines:

All submissions should be emailed to

Submit only previously unpublished works.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us promptly if your piece is accepted elsewhere.


Multiple submissions are allowed.

All submissions should be the best version of your work. We encourage submissions of all kinds, as there are no restrictions in context or form. Text submissions should be typed on a Word document.

Please include your name and Student ID number in your submission. If you like your work published under a pseudonym, please include this in your submission email as well.

Your name will be removed from your work during the editing process, to ensure blind and unbiased evaluation.

If you have any further questions, please contact us via email:



You may submit a poem or poems of up to 80 lines.

If there is special formatting for your poem(s) (such as shape or special characters), please let us know so we can remain true to your vision.


Selection from an Epic Poem:

You may submit selection of a longer poem such as an epic poem up to 80 lines in length.

If there is special formatting for your poem(s) (such as shape or special characters), please let us know so we can remain true to your vision.


Short Stories:

You may submit a short story or set of short stories up to 20 pages (5,000 words) in length, double spaced.


Chapter from Larger Literary Piece:

You may submit a chapter from a larger work such as a novel up to 25 pages (6,500 words) in length, double spaced.



You may submit a screenplay, stage play, or other script-based writing up to 25 pages in length, script format.


Illustrated Comic Strip/Excerpt from Graphic Novel/Graphic Short Story:

You may submit an illustrated comic strip, excerpt from a graphic novel, or graphic short story up to 10 pages (8.5” x 11”). This may be submitted as a PDF or JPEG.



You may submit up to 5 works of art/photographs (including photographs of non-digital art such as a painting or sculpture). High resolution JPEGs are preferred to ensure accurate reproduction.

If you would like a description of your art, caption, or title included, please provide this information in your submission email.



If you have a creative work that you feel falls into a category not otherwise mentioned, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to consider including your work.

If you have a work in medium which does not easily translate to print such as a short film, recorded song, dance, dramatic reading, etc., you may provide a link (such as a YouTube link) along with a brief description of the work.


Getting Involved with Orpheus:

CSUB students who have an interest in editing and publication may join the Orpheus team by sending us an email ( or by enrolling directly into the course: ENGL 4740.


Testimony by former team editor:

Kerstin Stokes

English Major, Studio Art Minor

“This is my first year working on the CSUB literary journal Orpheus. As someone who plans on getting into the editing and publishing industry, working on this literary journal has immersed me into that world. We had the opportunity to accept, reject, and ask authors to revise their submitted pieces. We also learned how to format the journal into the appropriate structure for print. My experience working on the journal has been amazing, and I cannot say how much fun it has been to come together with my fellow editors to create this amazing journal.”

Movie about Orpheus

Orpheus Redux


How I long for what never was!
April's tender greening
Burned by canicular heat
To the ashes of rake heaped fallen splendor
Leaving December branches
To reach for the solace
Of spring that never comes.

--- Orpheus
volume 1, issue 1, 1975