The Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting continuing education programs in the nation. Our open admissions policy and supportive community ensure that all students are inspired and guided to do their best work.

The Writers' Program also manages Southland Alibi, a digital literary journal. When open for submission, guidelines by genre are posted below.

About Us

Southland Alibi is the student-run literary journal published by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

We seek works of fiction centered around the theme of humor in all its guises: farce, irony, satire, hyperbole, tongue-in-cheek, dark, even slapstick. Send us a piece that makes us smile, laugh until we cry, or cry until we laugh.  The editorial staff is dedicated to art and writing that represent a variety of viewpoints and experiences and that may also cross boundaries of genre and form.

Submission Requirements

- Original, unpublished work only

- Max word count: 3,000. We will accept stand-alone excerpts from larger works

- 12 point font, Times New Roman, double spaced

- Include a cover letter with your name, e-mail address, phone number, and the title of your piece, as well as a brief biography

- Do not include your name on the manuscript itself


If you have questions not otherwise addressed here, please contact us at: southlandalibi@unex.ucla.edu. We appreciate your patience and will respond to your e-mail as quickly as possible, but kindly allow at least 3 business days before following up with us. 

Southland Alibi, the student-run literary journal published by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, seeks previously unpublished nonfiction of up to 4,000 words (with a suggested length of around 2,500 words). We are open to all styles of nonfiction including journalism, memoir, personal essay, creative and literary nonfiction, as well as innovative pieces which defy genre convention. Works of extraordinary merit that exceed 4,000 words may be considered for serialization.


If you have questions not otherwise addressed here, please contact us at: southlandalibi@unex.ucla.edu. We appreciate your patience and will respond to your e-mail as quickly as possible, but kindly allow at least 3 business days before following up with us.

Southland Alibi is the student-run literary journal published by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.


Our poetry editors are looking for fresh, diverse voices.

Please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work:

  • Submit up to three poems in ten pages or less.
  • Submissions must be typed and single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • If you are submitting multiple poems, please start each poem on a new page.
  • Submit all of your poems in one document; we will only consider one document at a time per poet.
  • Please include a cover sheet with your submission. Your cover sheet should include your full legal name, phone number, mailing address, E-mail address, and a short biography.
  • Submissions of visual or concrete poetry should be submitted in PDF format.
  • We welcome international submissions. Languages other than English may be included in the poem as long as the bulk of the poem is written in English and/or includes an English translation.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your poetry is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
  • We do not accept previously published work.

We strive to respond to poetry submissions within a reasonable timeframe, but we appreciate your patience as we manage the volume of submissions. If you have questions not otherwise addressed here, please contact us at: southlandalibi@unex.ucla.edu. We appreciate your patience and will respond to your e-mail as quickly as possible, but kindly allow at least 3 business days before following up with us.

Southland Alibi is the student-run literary journal published by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

Southland Alibi is not only for writers, but also for artists to showcase works of art through numerous mediums, such as drawing, painting, photography, and film. We are interested in adding new creative voices that tell stories on a canvas.

We accept works from various fields of creativity. Please check out our Submission Guidelines below, including a list of what we seek and what is not permitted.

If you’re a visual artist interested in contributing to the magazine, please contact us to discuss: southlandalibi@unex.ucla.edu


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Southland Alibi seeks innovative work and accepts all visual art forms. We welcome those from all stages in their careers to apply. An artist's statement is welcome with your submission but not required. We will consider any genre, subject, and medium, but we are mostly looking for photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and comics. Images of art pieces need adequate and even lighting and at least 300 DPI to be considered. Submit a maximum of three pieces at one time for consideration. If you choose to make multiple submissions, please submit EACH work separately (via separate Submittable submissions). Please submit your art in either PNG or JPEG file formats named by the title of your piece, if titled. All work must be original and music cannot be copyrighted. We do not allow hateful text, images, symbols, or other content in your name, or bio.

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