Being a young writer or new to writing doesn't mean you can't get your work published, there's plenty of opportunity to share your pieces now! If your work has gone through intense planning, writing, and revision, consider the following avenues for submission. There are publications for creative work and conferences to present researched material, but be careful to read all submission guidelines for a publication or event clearly.
On Campus Publications
The Foreword, the official English Department newsletter and blog, exists to celebrate our department and to connect our students—past, present, and future—faculty, staff, and community. A largely student-managed publication, The Foreword highlights department news, recognizes student and faculty accomplishments, and strives to broaden its audience in order to more completely incorporate prospective students. As part of its goal to continue moving forward, the blog welcomes both article ideas and contributions from writers. To learn more, or to submit your work, visit The Foreword.
NOTA is the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire's literary and arts publication. NOTA features the creative work of students; its content is determined by students; it is run and made by students. It is also funded by students and that's why you read it for free. See website for submission information. To learn more, or to get involved, visit NOTA's homepage or Tumblr.
The award-winning newspaper of UW-Eau Claire, The Spectator is a student-run publication published during the school year on Thursdays in print and daily on the web at www.spectatornews.com.
The Flip Side is a publication dedicated to providing an alternative media outlet and forum on the UW-Eau Claire campus by welcoming the writings, views, artwork, and involvement of all students and community members. By reflecting on news, perspectives, and opinions on local, national, and international issues, we seek to develop participatory democracy and freedom of speech.
On Campus Conferences for Undergraduate Presentations
Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA)
The UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) is designed to give UW-Eau Claire students the opportunity to present the results of any research and scholarly creative activity. The event highlights student research accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff play as mentors in the scholarly activity process. CERCA encourages dissemination of research results from all disciplines represented in the UW-Eau Claire academic community.
Provost's Honors Symposium
Participants in the Provost's Honors Symposium are nominated each year by their UW–Eau Claire faculty mentors or major departments. Finalists are selected by the University Honors Council, a committee that includes three University Honors students, faculty representatives from each of the UW–Eau Claire colleges, and University Honors staff.
Off Campus Journals Available for Undergraduate Publication
Allegheny Review (Art, Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction)
The Allegheny Review, now entering its 31st year of publication, is one of America's few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation's undergraduates have to offer.
Collision Literary Magazine (Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Literary Criticism, Art, and Photography)
Founded in 2001, Collision Literary Magazine publishes poetry, creative non-fiction prose, literary criticism, art and photography by undergraduate students not just from the University of Pittsburgh, but from all over the world. It is one of four University Honors College student-run publications.
Criterion is a Journal of Literary Criticism published by the Department of English at Brigham Young University in collaboration with the Future Scholars Program. It is an annual journal dedicated to publishing excellent literary analysis and criticism produced by undergraduate and master's students.
Mosaic Art &Literary Journal (Mosaic)
Mosaic is a press made up of volunteer UCR undergraduates. We organize events such as open mics and poetry workshops which are almost always free and open to the public. However, our main purpose is to annually produce paperback books of creative writing and visual art.
The Quaker is an undergraduate literary journal published by the Creative Writing Program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. We are looking for poetry, fiction, essays, and anything in between or beyond.
The Rectangle (Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry)
The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (founded in 1931) is an annual journal that publishes literary non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. Prose manuscripts should not exceed 2,500 words.
UW Barron County Red Cedar Review
Red Cedar is the University of Wisconsin Barron County’s annual journal of the arts and literature. Red Cedar is produced by UW-BC students with generous support from the UW Barron County Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts.
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The Oswald Review
(Criticism and Research)
The Oswald Review is a refereed undergraduate journal of criticism and research. Published annually, it accepts submission in the field of English from undergraduates. A faculty member's endorsement is required.
Tau Delta Review (Literary Journal)
The Sigma Tau Delta Review (founded in 2005) is an annual journal that publishes critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical issues. Manuscripts should not exceed 3,000 words, but exceptions will be made for essays of stellar quality. Critical essays must follow the Modern Language Association style guidelines as defined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (latest edition).
Literature Undergraduate Journal
The UCB Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal showcases the best undergraduate work in comparative literature across the nation, treating a broad range of topics including but not limited to theoretical literary discourse, international trends in literature, and comparisons of two particular national literatures.
The Valley Humanities
The Valley Humanities Review is an online journal devoted to undergraduate research in the humanities. It publishes one issue each spring and runs two annual contests with $500 prizes: a competition for high school students and one for LVC students. VHR is housed in the Department of English at Lebanon Valley College.
Scholars in Writing
(Writing and Rhetoric)
Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric (YSW), a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates, was founded in 2003 by Laurie Grobman and Candace Spigelman at Penn State Berks. YSW is the first international undergraduate research journal in rhetoric and writing studies and has garnered a national reputation. It has been lauded in College English; the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly; and Undergraduate Research in English Studies. It is listed on the CUR website of undergraduate research journals, most of which are devoted to publishing research in the sciences. Articles and material from YSW have been selected for reprinting/publication in texts such as the 8th edition of The Essay Collection, edited by Lynn Z. Bloom.
Published annually, YSW circulates to 500 leading researchers and teachers of writing and rhetoric in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. All articles are also accessible online.
Off Campus Conferences for Undergraduate Presentations
Held each spring, the conference is hosted by the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Abstracts from all programs including economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration and business studies are welcome.
Butler Undergraduate Research Conference
This conference, dedicated to showcasing undergraduate research, is held annually in the spring at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN).
Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill
This poster session, dedicated to undergraduate research across a range of disciplines, is held on Capitol Hill each spring with the goal of helping members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by creating a venue in which Congress members can talk directly with the students whom these programs impact.
Literati is an undergraduate conference created by the Madison Undergraduate Society for English 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.
National Undergraduate Literature Conference
The conference is held annually and only accepts submissions from undergraduates, offering them an opportunity to present papers which are critical and/or creative. It is held annually during April at Weber State University in Utah and undergraduates from any university may submit papers. The conference organizers hope to bring the best undergraduates from around the country to present papers and hear some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
The Streamlines Undergraduate Language, Literature and Writing Conference
Streamlines is a collaborative effort among Clarke University, Loras College and University of Dubuque to create unique opportunities for undergraduates to share scholarship and creativity.
Sigma Tau Delta Annual Convention
Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention every spring. It is a truly wonderful event that allows hundreds of Sigma Tau Deltans from around the globe to gather in one locale, share experiences and ideas, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official side of the Society. At the convention, opportunities abound to meet face to face with other students, faculty, and respected authors, make new friends, discuss the disciplines of the English language and literature, and enjoy the offerings of the convention's location.
Undergraduate Literature & Creative Writing Conference
Undergraduates from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) and other universities around the country share their scholarly and creative work at this annual conference. Panels of three or four students are organized around various literary themes and cultural issues. After reading their work aloud, student panelists and the audience of aspiring writers, teachers, and scholars join in a discussion. All types of literature and all methods of study, including interdisciplinary approaches, are welcome. Creative writing can take any number of forms from poetry to prose fiction to literary journalism.
Every year, the UW System Symposium is held at a UW System School in the spring. The Symposium gives undergraduate students in all disciplines, from all University of Wisconsin institutions, an opportunity to present their scholarly work. Students participate through oral presentations, poster displays, gallery exhibits, and artistic performances.