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Can I submit to The Vernal Pool even if I am not a UC Merced student?

At the time, we only accept submissions from UC Merced students. Transfer students who are UC Merced students at the time of submission are still eligible for publication.

When is the submission deadline?

The submission window for the Spring edition of The Vernal Pool is December to March, and the window for the Fall edition is March to December. The current deadline for the Spring 2024 edition is March 10th.

Do you publish physical copies of The Vernal Pool?

Yes, we do publish physical copies of The Vernal Pool! For the Spring 2024 edition of the journal, all published authors can receive a free copy of the journal at our launch event. For those who are not published but are still interested in getting a physical copy of the journal, a limited number will be available for purchase during the event. 

If my piece gets published somewhere else before The Vernal Pool publishes it, what happens?

Please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case! Email us at We cannot publish anything that has previously been published, even if it had not been at the time of submission to The Vernal Pool. However, any pieces published in The Vernal Pool can be published elsewhere afterward, as you retain all rights to your work

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