Who can submit? 

At this current stage, only a Baruch College student can submit pieces to RefractMag.

What is required?

A medium-length (above 750 words) work of writing that is:

  1. 12 pt. font, Times New Roman or Arial preferred, double-spaced.

  2. non-fiction including: longform journalism, creative non-fiction, academic essays, interactive media, multimedia content, etc. We do not publish short stories or poetry.

  3. falls into one of a few categories including arts, sciences, literature, politics, or society-at-large.

*We appreciate if you include any appropriate multimedia such as images, artwork, videos, infographics, music, etc. that you feel fits your piece.

We would gladly accept any sort of multimedia content you would like to provide to tell your story; circumstances regarding length of a video, the format of a photo essay, etc. will be handled on a case-by-case basis, as will be long-form written works.

What do we tend to publish?

Aside from the above criteria, we seek compelling work — the stuff that’s interesting, insightful, moving, or meaningful in some way. Many of our articles were originally written as essays for Baruch classes, and we welcome you to submit your unpublished work.

Where to submit?

You can submit any materials you have to

Are there any incentives to submitting?

Aside from having your work featured on our site, you are also eligible for Refract Magazine’s annual Berlfein Contest, wherein the three best pieces, as chosen by a committee of professors, will win cash prizes.


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Interested in joining the RefractMag staff?

If you’re a Baruch College student and interested in joining, you can send an email to, with a writing sample of non-fiction work of your choosing. It is highly suggested that it follows the submission guidelines, and please include a small paragraph introducing yourself and explaining your interest in the magazine. We will get back to you promptly.


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