The Elixir

Regardless of their major, Brenau students have the opportunity to showcase their work in creative writing and the visual arts in The Elixir, the university’s annual published literature and arts magazine. Students are welcome to submit more than one piece with written submissions no longer than 1,000 words. All writers and artists retain their copyrights.

Mission Statement

The Elixir is a literature and arts magazine published annually by undergraduate students of Brenau University. Our mission is to showcase and celebrate outstanding undergraduate student talent in creative writing as well as the visual and performing arts. As a student-produced literary arts magazine, we are committed to providing a platform for our peers to express themselves boldly and authentically.

Our magazine seeks to showcase a wide range of styles, themes, and perspectives, and we welcome submissions from all undergraduate students, regardless of their academic discipline or writing experience. All undergraduate students are welcome to submit any art they have made (dance, photographs, drawings, etc.) as well as any poems or prose they have written. The Elixir seeks work that is fresh, vivid, and original.


  • Any undergraduate Brenau University student, regardless of major, is welcome to submit in any genre.
  • All submissions must be submitted via the appropriate Google Form to be considered for publication.
  • Open to unsolicited and solicited submissions.
  • Submissions that have been previously published (including personal websites and blogs) will not be accepted.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
  • Any submission that does not follow guidelines may not be considered.
  • Editors must be informed immediately via email if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Authors may withdraw their submissions by emailing the editors. 
  • All writers and artists retain their copyrights.

Genres The Elixir Accepts:

  • Poetry
  • Flash/Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Paintings/Drawings/Illustrations/Sequential Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance

Genre Guidelines

Written Works

  • Entries will be selected based on style, content, and originality. Proofing will also be taken into consideration. 
  • No information identifying the author may appear in the entries (excluding what was input on the Google Form)
  • Submissions should be as a .docx file
Fiction & Non-Fiction:
  • There is no minimum word count 
  • Up to three pieces can be submitted per submitter 
  • Prose should not exceed 5,000 words 
  • Flash fiction should not exceed 1,000 words
  • Up to four pieces can be submitted per submitter 
  • Packets should not exceed 12 pages (double spaced)
  • Up to two pieces can be submitted per submitter 
  • Submissions must be a minimum of 500 words but should not exceed 5,000 words.

Visual Works

  • Maximum of five (5) entries per submitter 
  • All entries must include details indicating the title and dimensions of the original piece as well as the medium used.  
  • All entries must be ALL ORIGINAL content. No copyrighted, restricted, or creative commons licensed.
  • If people other than yourself, celebrities, or people in the public eye appear in the art, then a model release must be included.
Paintings/Drawings/Illustrations/Sequential Art/Sculpture:
  • No borders 
  • No recognizable people (except yourself, celebrities, or people in the public eye) without including a copy of the model release
  • No copyrighted characters
  • Sequential art must be original content
  • Submissions should be a high resolution, well-lit photo on a white/black background or a clear, high resolution scan
  • All entries must be at least 8.5” by 5.5”, 300dpi, in a png, jpg or pdf file.
Dance/Performing Art:
  • No recognizable people (except yourself, celebrities, or people in the public eye) without including a copy of the model release
  • Submissions should be hosted on a public video website, like YouTube, in order to create a shareable QR code

For questions, contact student editors at or Dr. Megan Clark, faculty advisor, at

Past Issues

2022-2023 Editorial Staff

  • Editor: Reed Wilson
  • Assistant Editor: