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Five On-Campus Publications for KU Students

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kutztown chapter.

Chances are, if you read or write for Her Campus, you’re a college student interested in writing. A nation-wide organization dedicated to female writers, Her Campus is a great place to publish writing samples. If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for even more opportunities to be published. Below are five amazing opportunities for KU students to be published, aside from Her Campus: 

  1. Shoofly Literary Magazine

Shoofly is one of two student literary magazines at KU. Students can submit up to three pieces per year. Shoofly accepts poetry, short stories, and drama pieces. The magazine is published once annually in the spring. This year’s launch was on April 17.

  1. Essence Fine Arts and Literary Magazine

Essence is the second student literary magazine at KU. Essence focuses on bringing fine arts and literature together, pairing each written work with a piece of visual art. Essence accepts poems, short prose pieces under 1,000 words, photography, and visual art. The magazine is published once annually in the spring. This year’s magazine will launch on April 29. 

  1. The Keystone Newspaper Student Publishing Group

The Keystone is KU’s campus newspaper. There are 13 paid positions on the newspaper staff, though all students are welcome (and encouraged) to submit articles. Full submission guidelines can be found on The Keystone’s website. The Keystone typically looks for articles related to Kutztown University, though the new “KSPG Magazine” category allows editorial-style and personal narrative pieces. 

  1. Archives Magazine 

The Archives Magazine is a relatively new publication, founded in 2020. This magazine aims to highlight and preserve KU’s history. Published once every spring, writers are tasked with completing one article (on a topic of their choice) pertinent to the history of KU. Writers have full reign of the KU archives to aid their research. 

  1. Kutztown University Composition Conference 

The KUCC is an academic conference hosted yearly by the English department. The conference features in-person presentations, though digital contributions can be published on KU’s Research Commons site without a live presentation. Each year, the presentations are centered around a different theme. This year’s theme was “Looking Back, Writing Forward.”

Bonus: on-campus internships or jobs. There aren’t nearly as many writing internships on campus as there are student publications, but they do exist. Two that come to mind are the College of Business’s InnoVision Magazine and the Collage Newsletter. Keep an eye out on Handshake!

Kara Armstrong

Kutztown '25

Kara is a student at Kutztown University majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Spanish. She likes thrifting, pickles, and the color yellow.