Humboldt State University

Literary Magazine: Toyon

Run by students since its inception in 1954, Toyon receives more than three hundred submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and artwork each year. Submissions are read and viewed by students enrolled in the course associated with its publication. Not all works selected will be published due to space and budget constraints. . For more information on Toyon, send an email to

 Submission Guidelines

*No fee to submit. All writers and artists are welcome. You need not be an HSU student to see your work in Toyon.

Deadline for the 2016 Issue: October 2, 2015

NEW IN 2016

Toyon now accepts original translations and audio submissions.

 FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION: Under 10 pages, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced. Limit 5 stories per author.

 PLAYS AND SCREENWRITING: Under 10 pages, 12-point font, Times New Roman, double spaced. Limit 5 plays per author. Please include a synopsis of the work at the top of the script.

 POETRY: No line limit, Times New Roman, 12-point font, single spaced. Limit 5 poems per poet.

 ORIGINAL TRANSLATIONS: Any genre, in original language and English, Times New Roman, 12-point font. Limit 5 translations per author.

 ART: Photos, pen and ink, lithographs, drawings, charcoal; 8.5” x 11” or smaller, reproducible in black and white. If submitting full-color, please also include a black and white version.

 SPOKEN WORD: Audio/video submissions are considered for online publication only. 

 LITERARY CRITICISM: Under 20 pages, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced. Limit 1 essay per author.

 Rules and Formalities:

  •  Send your text-based submission to in .doc or .docx format; send art as a JPEG or PDF attachment.
  • In the subject line of the email, indicate the genre category you are submitting: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Play, Translation, Art, Audio/Video. Submissions in multiple genre categories are welcome, but please send a separate email for each category.
  • In the text of the email, provide your name, address, phone number, email address, the title of the piece, and a 40- to 70-word autobiography. Also indicate whether you are an HSU student and whether you wish your work to be considered for online-only publication, both online and print, or print-only publication.
  • If you are submitting collaborative work by multiple authors, please indicate in the email whether you have received permission from all authors to submit.
  • Attach a separate document for each work you are submitting (i.e., one title per attachment). Name each file with the title of your piece.
  • In each attached document, number the pages of your text. Also include a header at the top of each page that identifies the title of the submission and the genre for which you wish your work to be considered. Please do not include your name in the attachments, so that submissions can be blind-reviewed and selected on merit alone.
  • If you wish to submit previously published work, please query first at

Every submission is automatically considered for the following awards, which are accompanied by a monetary prize:

  • Jody Stutz Award for best poem
  • Richard Cortez Day Advisor's Prize for the best work of fiction
  • Toyon Staff Award for the best work of visual art
  • Redwood Empire Mensa Award for the best essay of creative non-fiction
  • McGaughey Award for the best piece of literary criticism