Across the United States there are 368 outlets of publication for undergraduate students. Most of which are run by students in the form of college literary magazines. The multitude of journals that allow students to publish their work shows that the love for the written word spans across the nation. And it starts with the students.
Starting on the east coast, Gandy Dancer is run by the students of SUNY Geneseo, publishing twice a year. The official website carries the aesthetic of an old newspaper, with a black and white color scheme and their minimalist homepage. While the magazine accepts rolling submission throughout the year, their guidelines for submission are strict in terms of page count and number of submissions for each genre. The literary magazine does not accept submission nationwide, but they do accept from any student at a SUNY school. A unique request I noticed during my research was that the magazine asks for a short author bio to be included in the cover letter of any submissions, to better get to know the author. Much like other publications, Gandy Dancer retains the rights to first publication of any work.
Heading down south, Underground Literary Magazine is another organization run by the students of Georgia State University. Their vibrant website was easy to navigate and made any information accessible. While they had previously only accepted work from students at the university, this year they began taking submission from any college student, nationally as well as internationally. Although, guidelines for submission are different for national submissions, submitting via email using a current student email. Instead of going through Georgia State University’s student organization page. Like Gandy Dancer, Underground is also published twice a year. They too retain first publication rights and do not accept any work that has already been published; including on the internet. Their current issue runs about 250 pages, however I noticed that on average it generally runs to be about 100 pages long. The magazine encourages open communication between themselves and other literary journals to broaden their audience.
Ending on the west coast, Prism is an art and literary magazine at Oregon State University. Prism appears to be massively different to its counterparts above. The magazine is published three times a year, not just twice like most college journals. The guidelines for submission are less rigid, asking simply for basic information and limiting it to only five submissions. The magazine tightens its scope by only allowing Oregon State University students to submit their work to the publication. The submissions are then reviewed by a literary board, though it is a student run magazine. Using InDesign, the average forty-page magazine is brought to life and then it is distributed on campus for free. The magazine’s blog, Backmatter, is also frequently updated throughout the year.
As artist’s we demand a platform to share our work. These channels allow for people locally, statewide, and even internationally to have their chance at being heard. We must keep creating, pushing imaginations to new heights, and using these colligate journals to express the talent of students.