Submit Creative Nonfiction to Thoreau’s Rooster, an Undergraduate Journal, by March 15th


Thoreau’s Rooster, a journal of undergraduate creative nonfiction, is now accepting submissions for its 2016 edition. The journal pays $200 for “personal nonfiction essays with a creative touch” if accepted.

The contest and journal are open only to undergraduate students. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016.

Visit the Submissions Manager here. For more information, write to rooster(at) or see more of their mission here.

Spoon University Seeks Writers


Spoon University is at DePaul for the first time ever and is looking for a few more students to join their team!

From the Spoon University rep:

“We’re looking for entrepreneurs, writers, photographers, editors,
videographers, social media mavens, marketer, event planners and FOOD lovers who want to put something meaningful and impressive on their resumes, be part of something bigger than themselves, and come together around fellow foodies.

Students who are interested in applying should contact us via email to get started!

Spoon University is the everyday food resource for our generation, on a mission to make food make sense. Behind the scenes, we’re helping teach the next generation of journalists, marketers and event planners the best practices in digital media with a network of over 5,000 contributors.”

Check out Spoon U’s About page to learn a bit more. This looks like a great way to start honing your web journalism/writing chops – worth looking into!


Write for The Underground!


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The Underground is currently seeking student contributors to submit short articles and write-ups on a recurring basis. Topics would include on-campus events (English Dept-sponsored and not), off-campus events (literary or English-related in nature), and noteworthy topics. Pieces wouldn’t exceed 1,200 words (and that’s on the longer end). I welcome your ideas/pitches, so long as they are clearly thematically related to the Underground mission.

Here’s how it works: I’ll keep a list of contributors and each Tuesday afternoon those contributors would receive an email with a list of topics/pitches that would be up for grabs. If you see one that interests you, you’d respond by noon Wednesday (the following day) with a one or two-line summary of your piece. Once I give you the all-clear to proceed with the piece, turnaround time is 1-3 days (will vary depending on topic). You send it in, I check it over, and it runs on the site.

Much of what we hope you’ll cover is the events. Many times students see events advertised that they’d like to attend but can’t make. By providing recaps, we create a conversation about the goings-on and also allow others to gain from the event.

What’s in it for you? Primarily, experience! This is a great way to build writing habits beyond those enforced by the structure of your courses and academic life. Pieces are short and informal, so the time input is low, and you’ll also learn a bit of what freelancing entails. Not to mention honing your idea-generation skills! You’ll also be able to add it to your resume and see your work on the blog.

Here’s a sample topic email, taken from last quarter:

  1. Visiting Writers Series: Fredrick Barton, 9/22: Did anyone attend? Would love a recap on it, especially with notes/thoughts on Katrina anniversary.
  2.   Autumn Quarter Book ClubA Song of Ice and Fire: 9/30. Looking for a recap on this (how discussion played out, external connects, etc), as well, also hopefully with a nod to this being the third installment of the club.
  3.    It’s Banned Books Week. DePaul’s Richardson Library hosts an hourlong dramatic reading featuring selections from some of the most challenged books in the United States this past year. It takes place on Friday, October 2nd, at 2pm.
  4.    I’d also love an essay or reflection on Banned Books in general. What does censorship mean for us as students of literature? Should we ban books?
  5.    Upcoming: Visiting Writers’ Series, 10/6: Cyn Vargas and John McNally.
  6.     *open pitch! Tell me what you want to write!*


***If being a contributor interests you, please email the editor, Anastasia Sasewich, and I will add your name and email address to the list.***

Please also note any special areas of interest so that I can keep you in mind for special assignments.

Thanks again for your interest! I look forward to working with you!

Anastasia Sasewich, Underground editor

Call for Papers: The MUSE Literati Undergraduate Conference


The MUSE (Madison Undergraduate Society for English) annual Literati conference is now accepting submission for its 2016 conference. See the call for papers below, in addition to some more information about the conference.


From the MUSE website:

Literati is an undergraduate conference created to provide a forum for students interested in the humanities to exchange ideas, enhance their writing skills, and examine works through their own perspectives and the perspectives of their peers. Literati supplies undergraduates with a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which they are able to test their professional abilities and explore their skills in public speaking, networking, and maintaining composure when faced with opposing ideas. The conference is a source of professional development for undergraduates that gives them a glimpse into the world of a career in academia. Literati is open to all undergraduate students who wish to learn from their peers and challenge themselves in an exciting and enriching manner.

Submit Art and Literary Research to Creating Knowledge, The College of Liberal Arts & Social Science’s Annual Student Research Journal


Creating Knowledge is the annual publication of undergraduate scholarship published by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  Each home unit in the college has the right to include an example of student written work in the journal.

Creating Knowledge also provides a venue for the best work of our student artists.  Any DePaul undergraduate student who is a major or a minor in any department/program of LAS is eligible to submit their art work for possible inclusion in the journal.  The following timeline is in place.  Please feel free to share this information with your students.

2015 Creating Knowledge Art Submission Schedule:

April                       Call for artwork via the Slideroom application (see below)

May 5th               Submission deadline for student artworks. Please note that this is earlier than the June 30th deadline for   written work from departments and programs.

May 6-15             Jurors select artworks & selected artworks sent to designer for review

May 30                 Deadline for selected student artists to submit high resolution images

June 15                Designer and jurors confirm selected artwork. Notify students that their artworks are selected for the     publication.

Thus a student who wishes to submit their artwork needs to visit this website:

Once there the student should select “Creating Knowledge 2015” and then “Sign Up” or “Log In” to the system, and then enter the requested information. After a short delay the student will receive an email confirmation that their account has been activated and that they may now use the system.  At that point they may log on and enter their submissions.  Students are limited to one (1) submission of up to five (5) images.  Subject matter and medium are open. The deadline for student art submissions is May 5, 2015. 

Please feel free to contact Assistant Professor Adam Schreiber of the Art, Media, and Design Department, at if you have any questions regarding the online submission process.


Front Porch Commons: A New Online Forum


CLMP–the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (formerly Council of Literary Magazines and Presses)–announces an exciting new online forum by and for members of the independent literary publishing community.

Launching Summer 2015

What is Front Porch Commons? and Who is it for?
Front Porch Commons provides a virtual space for sharing that’s produced by and for you–be a part of it! We will welcome comments, articles, essays and blog posts from all who participate in or are interested in independent literary publishing–that includes publishers, authors, readers, librarians, educators, historians, booksellers and all who care about our community. We will be announcing our editorial board soon. Topics for pieces to submit are up to you, and could be anything from “People of Color and Indie Lit Publishing” to “History of Erasure Texts” to “How Libraries Build Small Press Collections” to “Creating Poetry for Digital Formats” to “Guerilla Distribution of Lit Mags” to “How I Partnered With My Publisher” to “The Chapbook and Zine Revolution”… it’s up to you.
How do I Write for Front Porch Commons?
Feel free to send us queries or pitches, or go ahead and send us a full piece. We will publish all submissions, as long as they are not personal attacks, previously published, or promotional material. Note that we will edit all submissions. While initial project seed grant money lasts, we’ll also pay for longer submissions (see below for details). Please allow us a month to respond to any query or article sent, but we’ll try to get back sooner. Make the subject header of your pitch or piece: Front Porch Commons + Your Last Name and email to Example: Front Porch Commons Jones. We will be publishing BLOG POSTS, ESSAYS and LONG ARTICLES. If sending a piece, please send as a Word attachment. Details below:
Blog Posts:
These will be 500-1000 words and will be lightly edited for style consistency rather than for content. Once the site is up, blog posts will likely appear within a week of submission. Note: we do not currently pay for blog posts.
These will be 1500-2000 words and will go through a more rigorous editing process, which may average one to two months depending on how many we receive. While funding lasts, we will pay $25 for all essays, upon acceptance.
Long Articles:
These will be substantial pieces including research and cited sources. Like the essays above, they will go through a rigorous editing process and may take a couple of months (or longer) to edit. While funding lasts, we will pay $50 for these longer, researched articles.
Upcoming Events
LIt Mag Marathon Weekend | April 25 – 26
  • Publisher Bingle | April 25 | 10 a.m. | CLMP
  • NYC Erasure Festival | April 25 | 2 p.m. | NYPL
  • Lit Mag Fair | April 26 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
  • Book Fair | 12 – 5 p.m. | NYU
  • Mingle | May 19 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | CLMP

Thoreau’s Rooster Personal Essay Contest for Undergraduates (Deadline March 15, 2015)

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Thoreau’s Rooster, an undergraduate journal of creative nonfiction published annually out of Assumption College, seeks personal essay submissions. The journal offers a $200 prize to essays they select.

Past winners and honorable mentions are available to read at their website. Email rooster (at) with any questions.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2015.