Submission Process


From the Oak Desk accepts submissions on an ongoing basis from current Salem Community College students. Submissions are reviewed by the 15th of each month and the best student literary and art work is posted on by the 1st of the following month.

From the Oak Desk features both literary and art work.
Please follow the submission guidelines outlined below.

Literary work includes

  • Poetry
  • Essays of all types
  • Short stories (fiction and creative nonfiction)
  • Journalistic articles
  • Flash fiction (stories under 800 words)

All literary submissions should be emailed as a Word document (.doc) to, with the subject line “From the Oak Desk Submission.” All submissions should have a title and should be kept under 20 double-spaced pages. Only the best, well-edited pieces will be accepted.
If a piece is not accepted for publication, the author will be emailed an explanation of what edits may be needed. Revised resubmissions are welcome.

Artwork includes

  • Photographs
  • Digital graphic art
  • Pictures of drawings, paintings, sculpture, and glasswork

All artwork should be emailed as a high quality jpeg to and, with the subject line “From the Oak Desk Submission.” The resolution of any image submitted must be of the highest quality.   Please indicate the title of the artwork, the year it was made, and the medium used.