Writing Opportunities

MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Contest

The MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Contest seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at the University of Missouri. Any undergraduate in any discipline is invited to enter the contest, which will be judged by a cross-disciplinary panel of librarians, members of The Friends of the MU Libraries, and MU faculty members.

The first- and second-prize winners will receive a $500 and $250 prize, will orally present their papers at Ellis Library, and will have video of their presentations and their papers archived in MOspace, MU’s digital repository. Read More

Catfish Creek

Catfish Creek, the national undergraduate literary journal of Loras College, is intended as a showcase for undergraduate writers from across the country and around the world. We welcome submissions of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction.

Ekphrasis at MU’s Museum of Art and Archeology

Defined as the rhetorical description of a work of art, ekphrasis comes from the Greek for “speaking out,” and embraces everything from the more basic forms of art appreciation to the complex and contested terrain between critical and literary theory, art history, and philosophy. It allows us to examine the act of creation across multiple forms, and place those acts into different contexts. Read More


QCW is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. We seek thought-provoking pieces from any disciplinary perspective that explore questions and problems related to writing, rhetoric, reading, literacy broadly conceived, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing. We expect that the work will be informed by critical conversations relevant to the topic–that is, composers should incorporate timely, pertinent research to support claims. In addition, we welcome projects that experiment with form, voice, style, and delivery.

We’re currently accepting submissions for our inaugural fall issue. If a faculty member is working with students who have produced impressive work, consider encouraging them to submit to QCW! Please note that we ask faculty to send a brief email note verifying that the work was completed by the student(s).

Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine

Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine at Washington University in St. Louis is currently accepting submissions of poetry, prose and artwork for our Spring 2013 issue. On behalf of the Spires staff, we encourage you to submit your creative work to our publication by the deadline: April 5th, 2013. Spires has printed the work of talented undergraduates twice a year since 1995, and we continue to enjoy showcasing the efforts of creative students from across the country. If you would like to submit to our magazine, please take note of the guidelines below and keep our deadline in mind.  We are eager to review your work and we look forward to hearing from you.



Subject: Spring 2013 Submission

Body: Name, graduating class, college or university you attend, titles of all submissions. If submitting artwork, please include the medium.

Attached: .docx documents containing any written submissions and/or .tif images containing any artwork. Please limit each written submission to 15 pages, double-spaced.