SIMBAA literary magazine announces open submission period, annual contests

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa.Simbaa, Lincoln University’s Magazine of the Arts, invites submissions for its spring 2021 edition. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit for consideration their best poetry, short stories, essays, visual art, and photography.

Email submissions to The deadline is Sunday, March 21.

In addition, Simbaa, along with the Department of Languages and Literature, is again sponsoring the Poet Laureate Contest and Guy A. Sims Short Fiction Competition.

The top three poems submitted to the Poet Laureate Contest will be published in Simbaa, and the first-place poet will be declared Poet Laureate of Lincoln University for 2021. The prizes are as follows: First Place, $150; Second Place, $100; Third Place, $75.

Stories submitted to the Short Fiction Competition should be original, unpublished, double-spaced, and in the range of 1500-2500 words. A separate cover sheet with the author’s name, student number, mailing address, phone number, email address, title of piece, and word count must accompany each story. The prizes: First Place, $300; Second Place, $200; Third Place, $100. The winners will also be published in Simbaa.

The deadline for both contests is Sunday, March 21. Email submissions to, and be sure to indicate in the subject line which contest you are entering.

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The cover of the latest edition of the Simbaa, volume 13.

Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.