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.

Glass Mountain Seeks Undergraduate Student Writing! (Deadline 3/2/15)

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Glass Mountain invites undergraduate students to submit high-quality poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art and reviews for publication in the upcoming issue of Glass Mountain Magazine, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston.

The journal is an award-winning, international platform for the voices of emerging writers and artists.  We are based out of the University of Houston’s Department of English, and the magazine is run entirely by undergraduate students.

For the Spring 2015 Issue, submit by March 2nd and have the issue in hand by April!

Your students’ best work can find a home online or in print at Glass Mountain. Graphic fiction?  Prose poetry? Music reviews? For specifics on submissions, see here.

This is an unusual opportunity for undergraduate writers. Glass Mountain is produced twice per year and especially needs submissions for the Spring Issue. For further details visit the magazine’s Submittable page.

Questions? Please email

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Outrageous Fortune, a Journal of the Arts by Undergraduates and for Undergraduates, Seeks Submissions!

Outrageous Fortune, the country’s first nationwide literary journal that is maintained by undergraduates for undergraduates, is now accepting submissions for its Spring issue. All creative, original work is welcome, and popular genres include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and art.
Visit the submission guidelines for detailed instructions. The deadline is open/rolling.
Please send all original work to
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Crook & Folly Workshop This Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7pm!

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Crook & Folly is hosting the first of three workshops this Thursday. Come and have your work looked at by our editorial staff and get some one-on-one feedback. We encourage you to submit your work ahead of time. Email your piece to crookandfolly (at) by Tuesday Jan. 20th, 7:00 PM. In the subject heading, please write “for workshop” and the genre. Emailed submissions will be assigned a time slot, which we will announce on Wednesday, Jan 21st. If you aren’t able to submit ahead of time, we will accommodate walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. We hope to see you there!

Word Limits:

  • 5,000 for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
  • 1,000 for Micro Prose
  • 1-3 poems up to 3 pages

The editorial staff is willing to look at longer pieces for the workshop with the understanding that the goal is to get works within these word limits.

WHEN & WHERE: Jan. 22nd, 5:30-7:30, Student Resource Room, 2nd Floor ALH

Literary Journal Internship Opportunity


Professor Barrie Jean Borich seeks student interns to help run the digital nonfiction art journal Slag Glass CityWork includes broad social media management, as well as web site maintenance, submission screening and deliberation, correspondence, research, proofreading, events planning, and other tasks as they develop.

The ideal intern for this project has editorial background or coursework (such as past or current work with Crook & Folly and/or enrollment in The American Literary Magazine course at DePaul), is flexible, patient, and willing to roll with the surprise and disorganization of an always-changing creative endeavor, and on board with the editorial vision of a nonfiction journal dedicated to literary, visual, and media works with broadly defined urban sustainability themes. Flexible hours.

Interested grads or undergrads should email Professor Borich ( a brief letter outlining interest and experience.

Winter 2015 Course Spotlight: ENG 309-206 Topics in Writing: The American Literary Magazine—Idealists and Happy Fools

As registration for Winter Quarter continues, we’d like to draw your attention to an interesting and pertinent hybrid course focusing on the American literary magazine that is open to undergraduate students. Please note that instructor permission is required for undergraduate enrollment.

See the flyer below for details, and consider adding this interesting and unique class (the likes of which are somewhat uncommon in undergraduate English university offerings) to your Winter enrollment!



In the need for a creepy read? Check out these horror lit mags and journals this Halloween!


By Gabriella Zeller, Contributing Writer for The Underground

Halloween is just around the corner, or depending on when you read this, it could in fact be Halloween, or maybe it has passed already. Whatever the case, if you are looking for some creepy crawly stories to keep you up at night, you should check out these three horror literary magazines to get you in the spirit. Get it? Spirit? Okay, bad joke. Let’s get to the magazines.

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Volume 1, Issue 1 September 2012

You may be asking yourself, why the heck did she review such an old issue? Well, I’ll answer that question. To keep costs down, I was able to get a download of this issue for FREE, yes, for FREE on the magazine’s website, This online magazine of dark fiction publishes quarterly (September, December, March, and June) and collects all of the issues in a hardback collection at the end of the year, available for purchase on Amazon.

So what’s it all about? What does LampLight have to offer readers? Like I said, they are a dark fiction magazine. To me, dark fiction is what it sounds like: dark fiction. This can involve horror, crime, thriller, and supernatural genre stories, or basically anything that deals with extremely deep and troubling themes. LampLight does a really great job with keeping its stories diverse. For example, some of the stories in this issue involve a set of doctors who kill patients either on the operating table, or with painkillers because they do not feel that those patients contribute well to the human race. Other stories include a science experiment with kelp gone wrong during WWII, a woman listening to the voice in her garden that tells her to kill her man, and a man who must converse with hostile ghosts in order to find a murderer. In addition to stories, they also do occasional interviews and reviews, include writer bios and serial novellas. (This issue includes reviews of the best horror anthologies if that’s your thing.) They also accept submissions and the guidelines are on their website. Intrigued yet? If not, this issue is FREE. Check it out!

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Issue#69 The End of the World Special Issue, April 2013

Unfortunately, I was not able to get my hands on the newest issue (September 2013) but bear with me. In the (almost) newest issue of Cemetery Dance many of the articles and stories cover post-apocalyptic themes. This magazine is very different from LampLight. If you want more of a traditional magazine format, you have come to the right place. Each issue has columns, plenty of reviews, and a few stories. They also include excerpts from novels, Stephen King news, and plenty of ads to strike your fancy. The genre they specialize in is horror and suspense, as the cover of each issue states. Submissions have been stopped for a while due to the overwhelming number of them, so for right now, many of the authors being covered are more experienced. On their website,, they list a few famous authors that have been included in the publication: Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Justin Cronin, and Lincoln Child, just to name a few.

I will warn you, I am a HUGE Stephen King fan, so I enjoy Cemetery Dance quite a bit because of their devotion to him. This specific issue talks about The Stand (my favorite book of all time) and even has a trivia page. You don’t have to like Stephen King to like this publication, but just be aware that he has a large presence within Cemetery Dance. If you are looking to get published, this is not the publication for you at the moment unless you are a well-established writer. Since it is the most famous of its kind, it is difficult for new horror writers to find their way onto the pages of this renowned literary journal. Still, it makes for a fascinating and fun read. You can subscribe to Cemetery Dance on their website and get the option of a hard copy or eBook (it is published three to four times a year). If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with newspaper ink and pick up an issue. If that’s not enough, they also publish books, too!


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Issue #7 (July 2013)

Guess what readers? I actually have the latest issue of Shock Totem! Isn’t that just dandy? Anyway, Shock Totem generally publishes in July and January –much less than the other publications discussed here. That does not mean that Shock Totem cannot hold its own with horror literary magazines. Like LampLight, Shock Totem primarily deals with a wide variety of dark fiction. Believe it or not, they also have a few non-fiction pieces. For example, in this issue, a man believes that four men he saw in a parking lot could have been angels that saved his granddaughter’s life. Many of the stories in this issue specifically have happier endings, even though they are still considered dark fiction. The magazine does include ads, but lucky for us, they are all at the end of the issue. There is a section devoted to books, movies, and music that don’t even have to be new! If you or someone you know would like to have their work reviewed, you can just email them to show them that you are interested. Interviews, or “conversations” as Shock Totem describes them, are also included.

What I think really sets Shock Totem apart from the two other publications is that there is an area where the authors of the stories tell the “story behind the story.” You actually get to see where these crazy ideas come from! What more could a horror fiction reader ask for?

They also accept submissions. Their philosophy on their website states: “Shock Totem’s main goal is to promote and support new and established authors by focusing primarily on fiction, but also through editorials, essays and interviews (called “conversations”)”. Exciting!

As with Cemetery Dance, Shock Totem subscriptions are available for hard copy or eBook at Shock Totem also publishes books, so if you are craving even more awesomeness they’ve got you covered. Even if you are not interested in the magazine itself, please check out the website. The artwork that is used for the issues is amazing, and who knows? Maybe you might even buy an issue.

If you like dark fiction, I hope you delve into at least one of these macabre magazines. So happy Halloween, readers, and may these stories fill your nightmares.