Ongoing climate and ecological crises define our moment in the Anthropocene, affecting every human community and biological niche on planet Earth. Human civilization is singularly responsible for the losses we witness and endure. This decisive decade is poised on a razor’s edge between assurance of future chaos defined by mass suffering and the prospect of survival with profound healing. Thus, Plane Tree invites contributions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction exploring the human relationship with Nature defined by crisis, loss, mourning—and hope. While this issue’s theme is wide-reaching, contributions should privilege the particular and artful over the polemical. Accepted work will appear in our Fall 2023 digital issue.

Plane Tree is a biannual online journal based at Indiana State University and run by faculty and students in creative writing. We accept .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to planetreejournal at gmail dot com. We can only accept submissions by email. Please share with us 3-5 poems or prose works (fiction or creative nonfiction) of no more than 3000 words. Also include a brief bio of 100 words or fewer with submissions. 

Allusions Submission Guidelines:

 Allusions welcomes creative writing and visual art submissions from Indiana State University Undergraduate and Graduate students. The submissions period is open October 1st through 11:59 pm on Friday of finals week.

 Students with work included in Allusions are eligible for various awards and prizes and will be invited to participate in a reading and launch party to celebrate the journal’s publication. Send us your best creative work and be part of Indiana State University’s award-winning fine arts journal! 

 We invite submissions in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Drama 
  • Hybrid-Genre Texts
  • Visual Art (2D and 3D Art)

You can submit work in more than one genre, but you are limited to submitting three pieces total. Collaborative work is welcomed and is considered separately from your individually authored work.



Please submit all pieces separately through Submittable as attachments. Make sure the file name for your attachment is the same as the title of your piece. Don't forget to include a title for your visual art submissions. 

All creative writing submissions must be Microsoft Word Documents (.doc or .docx). Submissions must be be in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Please note: Poetry submissions with long lines may need to be altered to fit the page. 2D and 3D Art may be submitted in jpg, tiff, or PDF format. Please note the artistic medium of your piece in the submission form. 

You may only submit your own original work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere and withdraw your submission though our online submission manager. You’ll hear back from the Allusions editorial team about your submission(s) in February and this year’s issue will be published in April. 

Please direct any questions to Faculty Advisor, Dr. Amy Ash at 

We look forward to seeing your work!


Creative Writing at Indiana State