Submission Guidelines for The Mercury


Submission Deadline

The Mercury typically accepts submissions from October 1 through December 31 each year. Please note that the submission deadline for the 2019 issue has been extended to January 7, 2019.

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 in The Cupola. 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.

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Copyright and Author Rights

Authors who submit to the journal agree to the following:

  • The author retains copyright of the work.
  • The author grants to the Gettysburg College English Department and The Cupola a non-exclusive license to print, publish, reproduce, and/or distribute the work in print and/or online, and to market the work. This means that the author gives The Mercury permission to publish the work, but the author maintains ownership over the work and may grant additional non-exclusive licenses to others in the future. For example, after a work is published in The Mercury, the author may revise it and submit it to another journal for consideration.
  • The author agrees not to publish the submitted work in print or digital form prior to publication by The Mercury.
  • Please be aware that after an issue of The Mercury is published, individual works may not be revised or removed.
  • Please note that search engines (such as Google and Google Scholar) will index works in The Mercury, and works will be findable on the open web now and in the future.
  • Prospective authors may preview The Mercury submission agreement before initiating an online submission.
  • Questions or concerns? Contact The Mercury editors or .

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College agree not to misuse the website and/or software. Editors of The Mercury agree to evaluate and peer-review all submissions in a prompt manner and communicate decisions and desired revisions to the author. Administrators of The Cupola agree to fulfill any/all duties mentioned in the journal’s policies. If any part of the journal’s policies or submission agreement is found to be invalid, the remainder of the policies and submission agreement remain valid and enforced.

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 work.

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