Graduate Student Publication Opportunities

As a graduate student, you have most likely felt a great deal of pressure to publish creative and/or academic works to establish yourself within the writing community. Although this may seem a bit daunting, it is an important step in your professional development as a writer, teacher, and scholar. Thankfully, you will be offered many opportunities during your time at WKU to publish your work in journals or present at conferences.

Because you may struggle to find the time to search for open submissions, summer break is the perfect time to work on your summer reading and writing before your classes begin and you take on your responsibilities as a GTA. There are multiple opportunities to publish your creative or non-creative work, both on and off campus. Consider taking time this summer to revise previous papers, poems, or stories for publication.

Remember to read through the guidelines of submission categories and previously accepted essays when deciding which work(s) to submit. Many journals suggest reading a few of their issues before submitting for future publication. If you want help with revisions, you can always stop by the Writing Center during the summer.

WKU offers plenty of chances to submit work for contests or publications. Zephyrus is a student literary publication of WKU that focuses on creative writing. This publication is open to all students interested in any genre of creative writing. The deadline for Zephyrus submissions is typically in the beginning of the spring semester. Click here for more information.

Every year, WKU sponsors the annual Student Research Conference which is held in Downing Student Union. The submission deadline is usually in February and the conference is held in March. Students of all majors can submit research papers on a number of topics, including, but not limited to, literature and composition. Click here for more information.   

The English Department also sponsors various contests throughout the year, so be sure to follow the English Department’s Facebook page to keep up-to-date with other publication opportunities.

Western Kentucky University is not the only venue to publish or present your work. Check out these other opportunities to publish creative or analytical papers:

Poetry Publications

Boxcar Poetry Review is a quarterly online literary journal that publishes poetry from new and established writers. Click here for more information.

The National Poetry Review is an online journal with a reading period from January 1st to April 1st . They want poems that resonate with the reader and stay with them after they’ve finished reading. For more information, click here.

Poet Lore is a biannual print journal that is committed to diversity and inclusivity, thus they encourage work from marginalized groups. For more information, click here.

2River View publishes poems with the following qualities: “image, subtlety, and point of view; a surface of worldly exactitude, as well as a depth of semantic ambiguity; and a voice that negotiates with its body of predecessors.” For more information, click here.

Fiction Publications

100 Word Story wants exactly that—100 words. No more. No less. Those 100 words must tell an entire story. For submission information, click here. Best of luck!

American Short Fiction publishes “short fiction” in print and online. Click here for more information.

Everyday Fiction publishes short (flash) fiction of 1000 words or less. They like to see at least a hint of a complete story in the submissions, but if you can do it in 50 words, so be it! Click here for submission information.

Flash Fiction Online publishes works online that present humanity in their pages and a complete story in a tiny package. For submission information, click here.

Nonfiction Publications

Brevity publishes nonfiction essays and essays of craft that are less than 750 words. Click here for more information.

Brick Literary Journal is an international literary journal that focuses on literary non-fiction. The magazine appreciates the personal voice and celebrates life, art, and the written word with the most invigorating and challenging essays, interviews, translations, memoirs, belles lettres, and unusual musings. For more information, click here.

Creative Nonfiction Magazine was created by Lee Gutkind and has published various works and forms in the genre for over 20 years. For submission information, click here.

RiverTeeth publishes creative nonfiction and critical essays about nonfiction narratives. Click here for more information.

All Genres

African American Review is a refereed journal that publishes critical essays on African American literature, film, fine and performing arts, and culture generally; interviews; “Forgotten Manuscripts” features; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. Click here for more information.

Cincinnati Review publishes through the University of Cincinnati and accepts work from new and established writers. Click here for more information.

Crazyhorse accepts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry between September 1st and May 31st each year. They also hold contests which you can find information for here.

great weather for MEDIA publishes poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. They seek “the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental.” Click here for more information.

Hackwriters publishes travel writing, fiction writing, lifestyle writing, and comment writing that are analytical or questioning in nature. Click here for more information.

Indiana Review accepts previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. It is managed by Indiana University graduate students. Click here for more information.

Kansas City Voices publishes poetry, prose, and visual art from emerging and established writers and artists. For more information, click here.

StorySouth publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction pieces about the south. Click here for more information.

Scholarly or Academic Writing

Hackwriters publishes travel writing, fiction writing, lifestyle writing, and comment writing that are analytical or questioning in nature. Click here for more information.

RiverTeeth publishes creative nonfiction and critical essays about nonfiction narratives. Click here for more information.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Call for Papers website offers links to various journals or submissions. Click here for more information.

WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship publishes articles on tutoring and writing centers. WLN publishes bi-monthly from September to June. Click here for more information.

Conferences

Kentucky Philological Association Conference: Each year, WKU’s graduate students in English submit their research or creative works to KPA’s conference which takes place in the spring, usually in early March. The registration fee is only $20. For more information, click here.

Other Helpful Links

Poets & Writers provides information on a number of journals, both large and small press, with open submissions for future issues and contests in creative writing. Click here.

Poetry Society of America also provides a list of links for various journals here.

Poetry Flash features a number of calls for submissions on their site as well.

Undergraduate Publication Opportunities

Authors: Adrianna Waters and May Quaid

Summer break is a great time to travel, relax, and explore new opportunities. However, it is also the perfect chance to work on your summer reading and writing before classes begin again. There are multiple opportunities to publish your creative or non-creative work, both on and off campus. For those interested in publishing works after college, getting your work out there in undergraduate journals is a great way to get a headstart.

Consider taking time this summer to revise previous papers for publication. Remember, essays that you received the highest grade on may not be better submissions than essays you received a lower grade on. Read through the guidelines of submission categories and previously accepted essays when deciding which paper(s) to submit. If you want help with revisions, you can always stop by the Writing Center during the summer.

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Thinking Critically About Revision

by Kylie Carlson

How often in a heated argument do you find yourself rewriting a text message? Backspacing, rewording, rereading over and over until you’ve got the perfect argument to get your point across. You think back over who you’re sending it to; you try to understand what theories they already have and believe in; you reevaluate what your objective is and what you want your argument to be about. This little text message might make the world of difference, and in our fast-paced society, you often will write out the text and then read back over it before you send the epiphanic message that will solidify the winning of your argument. You’ve done all of this now for just a simply text message, so why can’t you do this in your academic writing as well?

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From Last Minute Writing to Smooth Sailing: Developing a New Writing Process

by Adrianna Waters 

During my first year of college, I had a rude awakening when it came to my writing process. Gone were the days of On Demand and AP tests that required you to spend only 45 minutes on an essay. No longer could I rely on the 5-paragraph mold to build a strong paper. I realized that if I wanted to write strong, analytical papers, my writing process had to change.  

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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

by Caroline Sutphin

You’re trying to write a paper, but you have an overwhelming sense that you’re incapable. You don’t feel up to this new challenge. You think this paper is the moment that you will be exposed as a fraud, as someone who shouldn’t be writing on the collegiate level to begin with. Does this anxiety sound familiar? If so, you’re experiencing impostor syndrome.  

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