Submission Guidelines for The Mercury


Submission Deadline

The Mercury accepts submissions all year. The deadline for each issue is December 31st. If a submission is received after December 31, it will be evaluate the following year for the next issue.

Who Can Submit?

Current Gettysburg College students may submit to The Mercury.

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General Submission Rules

All Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry works should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. Artwork should be submitted as a JPEG file.

In order to submit, you must first create an account. This account will have your name and email, and will allow us to keep track of your submissions. However, to ensure an anonymous review process, please do not include your name or any identifying information on your submitted documents.

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Fiction and Nonfiction

Suggested length is up to 2,500 words. All genres and styles welcome.


Suggested submission is 3-6 poems. All forms and styles welcome. You must submit each poem as a separate submission as they will be evaluated individually.


Suggested submission is 3-6 works. You must submit each work as a separate submission. All forms of work welcome, including but not limited to photography, painting, sculpture, and installations.

Images of artwork must be high resolution:

  • 266dpi for tones (either grayscale or color)
  • 500ppi-900dpi for combination tones (either grayscale or color)
  • 900ppi-1200dpi for monochrome (1-bit) images


If your submission doesn't fit into one of the above categories, contact the editors for assistance. For example, The Mercury is happy to include graphic novels, stage plays or translation work. The editors, Celina Harris and Sydney Braat, can be contacted at harrce02@gettysburg.edu and braasy01@gettysburg.edu.

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Rights and Usage Policies

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), the authors agree to the following:

In consideration of the journal's agreement to publish the work, the author grants and assigns to the publisher the non-exclusive right to print, publish, reproduce, or distribute the work throughout the world in all means of expression by any method now known or hereafter developed, including electronic format, and to market the work or any part of it as it sees fit. Copyright of the work remains with the author.

The author agrees not to publish the work in print form prior to publication of the work by the publisher.

If you have questions about rights or usage, please contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College website and/or software agree not to misuse the The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College service or software in any way.

The failure of The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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