The Ember

A Magazine For and By the Students of Averett University


The Ember is now accepting submissions in six categories for the 2017-18 issue: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Spoken-word, Art, and Photography.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Do not put your name on your work.
  • You must title each entry.
  • You need to turn in one submission form per category (one form for poetry, one for art, etc).
  • Submit no more than three entries per category. However, there is no limit to the number of categories in which you can compete (so you could submit up to 18 entries—3 entries in each of the 6 categories).
  • We encourage you to seek professional guidance concerning your work before submitting it to ensure you are submitting your very best.
  • By submitting works to The Ember, individuals acknowledge that all materials are original and not copies of other productions. Winning works will be published in The Ember and may be used in future magazine materials.
  • All entries are due by 4:30 PM on January 31st

Submitting Written Materials (Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction)

  • Complete and save an electronic submission form for each category, available HERE. All written entries must be typed in the fields provided on page three of the electronic form.
  • Submit submission forms to
  • Poetry cannot exceed one page.
  • Fiction and nonfiction submissions are limited to 1,000 words total owing to restrictions of space.
  • Retain backups of your work.

Submitting Other Materials (Art, Photography, Spoken Word)

  • Complete and print a submission form for each category, available HERE OR complete a paper form, available from Ms. Wanda Haynes, the administrative assistant for third-floor Frith.
  • Original artwork (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) is necessary; these materials will be returned following judging.
  • Photographs should be submitted in electronic format (.TIFF or .JPG) on a CD at a size and resolution suitable for reproduction and publication.
  • Spoken word entries may be audio or video recordings on a CD in a standard audio or video file format (.MOV, .M4P, .MP3, .WAV, .MPEG, etc.)
  • Art and Photography entries should be left with Dr. Charles Wuest (Frith 316) and will be available for pick-up once judging is complete. Ms. Haynes will also receive art and photography submissions.
  • Retain backups of your work.

The Ember Editor-in-Chief is sophomore Tiffany Bowker and the sponsor is Dr. Charles Wuest. For any questions, contact Tiffany Bowker by email at or Dr. Charles Wuest at

Contest and monetary rewards will be announced and rewarded at the Honors Convocation in the spring. The winning entries will be published in The Ember. Copies are free of charge and are distributed after Convocation.


The Ember is also sponsoring a segment called “Ember Online’s Features of the Month” in the 2017-18 school year, in which the best emailed submissions will be chosen and featured on The Cougar Connection and Averett webpage! All “Features of the Month” will still be eligible for publication in the print edition.

By submitting to The Ember you will automatically be considered for “Ember Online’s Features of the Month” unless otherwise requested by the author.

Winners of “Features of the Month” will be notified via email before publications go up.