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Textured Wall


We are searching for words from the margins. We want words that live on the outskirts of cities, words with homes near the borderlines of your creativity.  We want insightful, breathtaking works that can find humanity in its many shapes and colors. Guide us through your world.

We ask that all work follow our guidelines and procedure below. We are always seeking to uplift and elevate BIPOC youth voices. Happy creating!



  • the borderline accepts poetry, prose, photography, and artwork.

  • We accept submissions from youth (ages 13-26) to college students.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We also accept previously published pieces. However, you must ensure that the borderline can publish your work and credit its original publication.

  • We ask that submissions be primarily in English but Translations are welcome!


  • Times New Roman or Garamond, 12 pt. font

  • Typed in Black Ink

  • Submit in form of google doc, word doc, or pdf

  • Submissions are read blindly so please do not include your name or any identifying information in your body of work.

  • Please title submission: LastName_FirstName_Genre

  • You can upload multiple pieces included in one document for submission. But on the form, please write all titles in the space provided.


  • Poetry: Max 3 poems per submission cycle, each poem not exceeding 100 lines

  • Prose: Max 2 works per submission cycle, each work not exceeding 2500 words

  • Artwork: Max 5 pieces, may be considered for cover

  • Photography: Max 6 pieces

We here at the borderline have a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism, hate speech, or bigotry in any form. We will not consider any submission that takes part in discrimination or utilizes obscene language. 

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