We celebrate and promote reading, writing and publishing on campus. We  offer students various leadership opportunities in publishing-related fields through our 4 magazines, lectures with established authors, an awesome literary festival and more.

Other opportunities to get involved: Emmie, our music magazine; Illumination, our award-winning litmag; Souvenirs, a collection of reflections and photography from Badgers abroad; and The Dish, an original foodie mag created for hungry college students on a budget.

Thank you for your interest in submitting to Illumination Journal! We are SUPER excited to review your piece(s) and look forward to sharing your work with the campus community. This year, Illumination Journal will be distributing $200 cash prizes to the each of the top four pieces submitted in each of the three following categories : Poetry, Visual Art and Fiction/Essay. (Yup! there will be a total of twelve winners, each receiving $200 for a single piece of work). Submissions are open to all UW-Madison undergraduate students from December 1st, 2021 through February 15th, 2022.

For all submissions, please, DO NOT INCLUDE ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THE BODY OF YOUR WORK. This ensures that our process remains blind, transparent and fair. Our submissions are anonymized, so we are not able to see your name or contact details until after we've made a decision on your piece, and these are never a factor in choosing our pieces -- we accept works entirely on merit.

General Submission Guidelines: The only requisite for submitting to Illumination Journal is that you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

For poetry submissions: Please limit your submission to three poems, all in a single .doc or .docx document.

For visual art submissions: Please limit your submission to three art-pieces of any medium. When you are filling out the submission form, you will have the ability to upload three separate files. All art pieces should have an image quality of at least 300dpi with CMYK coloring. Only upload using a .TIF format to ensure maximum image quality. Images should be submitted at their full resolution to allow for proper sizing in the print issue.

For fiction/essay submissions: Please limit your submission to Fifteen pages, double-spaced, in a .doc or .docx format. We accept short works of creative fiction and prose, literary or social criticism, academic essays in humanities subject areas and works of creative non-fiction.

Note on submitting multiple times: Please do not send multiple entries in one single category. You CAN submit to more than one category, however, but please know that due to campus honorarium policies, you will only be eligible to win one award, but will be considered for publication. 

Our judging process: Over the next few months, the Illumination Journal editorial team will be looking blindly through your submissions. They will, as a team, select the top ten submissions in late February. The top ten submissions in each category will then be shown, again blindly, to an external team of artists in the respective form. Our external judges will then select the top four from each category which will then be awarded the prizes.

Please note, that in order to receive the prizes, you must be authorized to receive income payments in the United States.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding submissions, please contact our editor-in-chief, Sam Wood, at sjwood2@wisc.edu

Best wishes to you all! We are super excited, and we hope you are too!

This is the place to submit your monthly budget requests for supervision by our Finance AD and ultimate approval by WUD. A few guidelines:

  • Please submit your estimated expenses for the entirety of the month. If you need to submit a request for expenses you had not considered previously, you can also do so through this form, but you must indicate that they are extemporaneous. 
  • Extemporaneous requests (those not on the monthly budget form) should be filed at least 2 weeks in advance. 
  • Please wait until your request has been marked "Accepted" to confirm event bookings or make any payments. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Finance AD, Carlo Romagnolo at finance.publications@union.wisc.edu

This is the place to upload your event and/or marketing requests! 

When planning an event, we want to know that you are thinking critically and logically about your needs and the service you intend to provide to the campus. With this in mind, we ask that your events are accompanied by clear marketing strategies. 

If you are submitting only marketing materials for review (and they don't belong to a specific event), feel free to leave the Event section blank.  

Please make sure to follow the guidelines detailed in each section. 

WUD Publications Committee