Submit work

Do you love to travel? Show it through your work! Souvenirs accepts written and photo submissions to be published in our biannual print magazines.

Submit your written work and photography by emailing us at [email protected]

The deadline to submit to the Spring 2021 Issue is Friday, March 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Find out why you should submit to print!

Submission criteria

With each piece, please include the full title, your name, year in school, email and location(s) pertaining to your work. All submissions must be related to some type of travel, global and/or multicultural experience. (Travel within the U.S. does count!)

Students from all majors and all years may submit, but we encourage you to create content for a wide audience including the entire campus community.

Only people affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (student, faculty, staff, alumni) may submit work.

Written work

Take us alongside you as you travel. Show us something amazing. Make us feel something special. Tell the story that is uniquely yours.

Souvenirs is open to all writing types and topics as long as they are related to travel. The most popular written work is essays, short stories, reflections and poetry. An emerging form of storytelling on Souvenirs is listicles (think BuzzFeed style stories): elaborate on a topic in the form of a list such as the things you learned abroad, your favorite places you visited, tips for traveling, etc. These are all just suggestions, and you may write about any topic related to travel and in any style you prefer.

Written work should be in DOC, DOCX or TXT format (no PDF). Essays that exceed 600 words may be edited for length. We at Souvenirs make every effort to maintain the integrity of all submitted written work. However, please note that by submitting your written work, you are giving Souvenirs permission to edit your work as we see fit and make the final decision on edits.

If there are any additional materials that you would like to include with your piece (such as an accompanying photo), please include them as part of the same submission.

Souvenirs accepts written submissions in ALL languages for print issues. If you submit a written piece in a language other than English, please (1) note the language in the submission and (2) include an English translation to be posted to the Souvenirs website.

Please name your document as Last name_Title of work (ex: Smith_What I learned studying abroad). No need to put underscores between the words of the title if it has multiple words in its name – just an underscore between your last name and the document name.

Photography and artwork

All submitted photography pieces must have an image quality of 300 PPI with CMYK coloring. They should be submitted in JPG or PNG format. We may request from you a TIFF version. Images should be submitted at their full resolution to allow for proper sizing in the print issue.

We ask that you please group photos based on device with which they were taken (e.g. iPhone camera vs. Nikon camera). This is so we can ensure your photo(s) is presented in the highest possible quality.

Please name your photos as Last name_Country where photo was taken (ex: Smith_Spain). For each photo taken in the same country, add a number after the country name (ex: Smith_Spain1, Smith_Spain2, Smith_Spain3, etc.). No need to put underscores between the words of locations if it has multiple words in its name – just between your last name and the location name. Include a document that lists where each picture was taken (city and country).

All photos submitted can be entered in Souvenirs’ photo contest!

The winning photo of the contest, which will be determined by votes, will be featured on the front cover of the print magazine. Find out more about it here.

Photo by Josie Sajbel