We accept poetry, prose and art submissions. Submissions must not have been previously published – this does not include personal blogs etc. If you are unsure about this, please contact us and we can advise you. We accept submissions from current students at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.


Submissions should be sent to with the subject line “The Mays [poetry/prose/art – select as appropriate] submission – [your full name]” e.g. “The Mays poetry submission – John Doe”.


The deadline for submissions is 20 February 2019 at midnight.


Writers may submit up to three pieces of work. Unless integral to the work, British English spelling should be followed. Writing should be submitted as a Word document, with a file name that reflects the title of the work. Please do not include your name anywhere in the document.


Poetry should be no longer than 60 lines.

Prose pieces should be no longer than 2,000 words.

Art should be submitted as a portfolio of up to five images in the best resolution possible, accompanied by up to 100 words (sent in a Word document) about your artistic practice. In addition to art in traditional media, this year we are also accepting art in digital media e.g. video and sound for showcasing in a supplementary Digital Anthology. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Please send any questions to We look forward to receiving your work!