The North Wind Literary Magazine

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  • About The North Wind

    What is lit mag?

    Lit mag is short for literary magazine. We publish creative written work, such as short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and more. We also publish visual arts and artistic photography.

    What is the difference between lit mag and yearbook or newspaper?

    Content is the main difference. Whereas yearbooks and newspapers publish journalistic writing and photography, a lit mag focuses on artistic work. Lit mag also accepts submissions from all students in the school. Interested in submitting your work to The North Wind? Click here for our online submission form, or see below for details on how to submit to The North Wind.

    Who are we?

    The North Wind is North Stafford High School’s student literary magazine. Our staff is made up of students in our creative writing class, which you can take as an elective course at NSHS.

    What we do

    • Celebrate the voices of student writers and artists
    • Promote interest in written and visual arts
    • Commend student talent
    • Foster writing, editing, design, and publication skills

    How can I get involved?

    Interested in submitting your work to The North Wind?

    Click here for our online submission form, and please read our submission guidelines and policy before you submit your work.

    Interested in being a part of our staff and growing your writing skills?

    Take our creative writing class offered at NSHS.



  • How to Submit to The North Wind

    When can I submit?

    Our submission window for the 2021 edition of The North Wind is now closed.

    The deadline for submissions was Thursday, May 6, 2021. Thank you to all who submitted!
    You will be notified by email if your submission is selected by our staff for publication in our Spring 2021 edition.

    What can I submit?

    Creative Writing

    We accept creative written work, such as short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Written submissions can be submitted digitally. We recommend using a Google Doc in your school Google account, but we also accept Microsoft Word files.

    Visual Arts

    We accept visual art and artistic photography. Art and photography can be submitted digitally. We accept a variety of file types, including JPEG, PDF, and PNG files. 

    Submission Guidelines:

    Please read the following submission guidelines and check that you have followed each of them. Any submission that does not follow the submission guidelines may not be considered for publication in The North Wind.

    • Written submissions must be typed in a readable font, preferably Arial or Times New Roman, size 11-12.
    • Written submissions have a 2,500 word limit.
    • Submissions will not be returned to me with feedback.
    • Submissions may not be accepted for publication in The North Wind.
    • Contributors can submit up to 5 individual pieces for consideration (written and/or visual).
    • All submissions must have a title, and that any accepted submissions without a title will be assigned a title by The North Wind staff.

    Submission Policy:

    The North Wind is North Stafford High School’s literary magazine. It serves as a medium for student expression. The main purpose of The North Wind is to provide publication opportunity for student writers and artists and to support the creation and appreciation of the arts. Submissions are open to any student enrolled at NSHS. Selections are based on the quality of individual pieces as well as collective merit with regard to the magazine concept for the year. Students are encouraged to submit their best, most meaningful work for consideration. The North Wind editorial staff reserves the right to edit all submissions prior to publication. We also reserve the right not to print material that invades an individual's right to privacy, or material that is obscene or libelous. Authors and artists retain copyright of printed submissions but grant The North Wind the right to use selected submissions as deemed by the editorial staff to be most appropriate for the magazine as well as for promotional purposes.

    I’m ready to submit!

    Unfortunately, submissions are closed for the Spring 2022 edition. Keep an ear out for submissions for the 2022-2023 edition submissions!