About OxMag

OxMag (or more formally: Oxford Magazine) is a literary & arts magazine edited and published by creative writing MFA students at Miami University. Since our premiere in 1984, our magazine has received Pushcart Prizes for both fiction and poetry, and has published authors such as Charles Baxter, William Stafford, Robert Pinsky, Stephen Dixon, Helena Maria Viramontes, Andre Dubus, and Stuart Dybek.  Appearing biannually, OxMag is a web-based journal that accepts fiction, poetry, new media, and creative nonfiction/essays.  

Issue 47 Submissions Schedule

  • Submit Art + New Media: October 1st – November 30th, 2021
  • Submit Fiction: October 1st – November 30th, 2021
  • Submit Nonfiction: October 1st – November 30th, 2021
  • Submit Poetry: October 1st-31st, 2021

What We’re Looking For: We encourage prose/poetry writing and art that bends genres, experiments with forms, and includes interesting premises. We like writing that searches for meaning in experience—writing that makes us feel and think, cry and laugh, reflect and relate. Send us your work with a compelling narrative, a strong voice, and a reflective aspect that leads readers to an understanding or deeper meaning. You’ve been through a lot, we know. You have a story to tell, so make it something special and then share that story with us. We encourage those who come from underrepresented communities and backgrounds to submit work, including but not limited to: race/ethnicity, class, geography/culture, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and ability. 

About The Golden Ox Flash/Micro Contest:

The Golden Ox awards small but mighty prose. We want to read your best flash fiction or micro essays under 1,000 words.

Please submit a flash fiction story or micro creative nonfiction essay of fewer than 1,000 words on the theme of biota regret. You do not have to use these words in your piece, but your piece should be in conversation with this theme. Show us the flora and fauna of a special region and make us feel some regret.

Please specify in your cover letter whether your piece is fiction or nonfiction.


  • First Place Winner receives a $50 prize and publication
  • Second Place Winner receives a $25 prize and publication
  • Third Place Winner receives publication

We can’t wait to read your strange and beautiful words.


Cover letters: Make sure to write a brief bio in the space marked by Submittable as “Cover Letter.” 

Submissions: We accept submissions through Submittable only. We no longer accept email submissions. Please only send one submission per reading period. 

Simultaneous submissions: are okay as long as you remember to withdraw your submission via Submittable if your work is accepted elsewhere. For poetry, you can add a note indicating which poems are no longer up for consideration.

Response time: Our response time varies. We will make every effort to accept or decline all submissions within four to six months. It could take longer, but hopefully not. If we haven’t gotten back to you and it’s past the response time, drop a gentle nudge to

Rights: OxMag acquires first North American serial rights, one-time anthology rights, and online serial rights. Previously published work is not accepted



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