Selection and Judging

Metrosphere is a monthly magazine that is proud to now feature your submissions in all six issues. Please keep in mind we work months ahead of each issue to ensure we create the best content possible. With that in mind space is limited, don’t wait till the last day! 


Metrosphere is now accepting submissions for the FALL SEMESTER Arts and Lit issues!


September Deadline: July 21  

October Deadline: Sept. 22

November Deadline: Oct. 18



Our theme for September is Reformation, the action or process of reforming an institution or practice.

Our theme for October is Ritualthe ceremonies we partake in consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.

Our theme for November is Endurance, the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

Metrosphere welcomes submissions from all MSU Denver, CU Denver and CCD students and alumni, whether amateur or professional, from any field of study. All creative works are welcome, provided that they meet standards of etiquette and required technical specifications.

Eligibility: As a student fee-funded publication, you must currently be a student or an alumnus of Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado at Denver or the Community College of Denver in order to be eligible to submit.

**We only accept submissions of previously unpublished works.



Please submit all content to

Anyone submitting must enter their name, genre/medium, and title of piece, all in the subject line, or the email will be discarded.

In the description name the school you attend/attended, major/field of study/year. Please include an artist statement to accompany your piece so the Metrosphere Team can learn more about your work. 200 words MAX. 

All submissions must be attached in the email!



Metrosphere encourages all literary genres! Go to town with it! Preferably, no smut.

  • File type: Google Docs, .doc, .docx.
  • Format: Number pages, and provide word count in top-right corner of first page.
  • Submissions should be emailed as an attachment! Not in the body of the email!
  • Within the body of the email, tell us about yourself, and to what genre you are submitting.
  • 4,000 words max for prose/drama/etc.; 5 poems max, not exceeding 3,000 words.


Metrosphere accepts 2-D, 3-D and 4-D art, including digital art (including photo illustration), drawing, mixed media, painting, print/design, photography (including photo collage), ceramics, installation art, jewelry, video art, performance, and sculpture.

  • Metrosphere accepts correctly packaged InDesign CS3+ files.
  • All fonts or text should be outlined in vector artwork.
  • Video submissions must be in .mp4 format.
  • Within the body of the email, tell us about yourself, including medium(s) and dimensions of work, and attach submissions as correct files.
  • All visual submissions must have a resolution of 300 dpi or better.
  • High-resolution .PDF files are preferred with any and all fonts embedded. Metrosphere also accepts .eps, .jpg or .tif formats, provided that they are high-resolution (300 dpi+).


Through the act of submitting work for publication in Metrosphere or on, the submitter agrees to the following creative release:

A. Metrosphere is not obligated to include submission in any of the final publications, nor offer information regarding any conclusions drawn from its evaluation. In the event work is selected for production, submitter understands that Metrosphere will contact him/her via email to discuss potential next steps or to inform the submitter of publication. 
B. If submitter chooses not to agree to the Terms of Release and all of its provisions, Metrosphere reserves the right to refuse to accept or otherwise evaluate said work.
 C. Submitter hereby attests that he/she is the originator, author or one of the authors, of the work being submitted. Submitter maintains that he/she has the exclusive unconditional right and authority to submit said creative work to Metrosphere for review and publication consideration. Submitter will indemnify and save Metrosphere harmless from any and all claims, expenses, losses or liabilities that may be asserted against or incurred by Metrosphere at any time in connection with the said work.
 D. Submitter acknowledges that no fiduciary or confidential relationship presently exists between the submitter and Metrosphere, and further acknowledges that no such relationships are established between submitter and Metrosphere by reason of this release or by any reason of submission to Metrosphere of said work.
 E. Submitter acknowledges that Metrosphere receives numerous submissions of creative works that may be similar to or identical to this submission. Submitter understands that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use by Metrosphere of any such similar or identical material. Submitter acknowledges that the presentation of the work to Metrosphere will expose the work to others and is fully aware of any risks in sharing ideas with anyone when soliciting a creative work. Submitter holds Metrosphere harmless of any wrongdoing should Metrosphere receive a work submission similar to submitter’s that  Metrosphere chooses to publish.
 F. This release extends to Metrosphere staff, employees, volunteers, and other entities or offices, including those associated with Metrosphere, the Office of Student Media (Met Media) and Metropolitan State University of Denver. 
G. Submitter acknowledges and agrees that no prior or contemporaneous agreements exist, oral or otherwise, between Metrosphere and submitter pertaining to said work including, but not limited to, agreements pertaining to the submissions of any ideas, formats, plots, characters or the like. Submitter further agrees that no other obligations exist or shall exist or be deemed to exist unless and until a formal written agreement has been prepared and entered into by Metrosphere and the submitter.
 H. Submitter agrees to allow Metrosphere to display, reproduce or generally use his/her creative work, in whole or in part, for promotional or show reasons or publication.
 I. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of Colorado applicable to agreements executed and to be fully performed therein.
 J. Submitter hereby states that he/she has read, understood and agrees to all terms of this release. H. Metrosphere reserves the rights to reproduce and distribute all content that is received via submissions. This may be in the form of, but not limited to, video or audio readings and/or renditions of submitted work. The content produced will be in the sole ownership of Metrosphere, and as such represent its own creative voice, which may differ from an artist’s original intent or message.