Sunday, April 29, 2012

Undergraduate Magazines at Weber State University

So, I've been meaning to post these. I went to a conference a couple weeks ago at Weber State University. At the conference, they had a Q and A with the editors from their undergraduate literary magazines (they have 2).

Here are a few points from their discussion:
  • publicize early. The two weeks before deadline, they hit publicity hard.
  • know your timeline and your competition. Because Weber has 2 undergraduate magazines, they are careful to not have submission deadlines at the same time--they split them over the fall and spring semesters.
  • go outside the college. Distribute copies to local businesses, high schools, coffee shops. (They run a workshop for high school students about how to run a lit mag, and other topics. Then they send them home with a copy of their magazines.)

There were some others, but I can't seem to find my notes. Here are the websites for both publications:

Some notable differences:
both of these mags run print versions and pay their staff. Metaphor's funding comes from student fees. Epiphany is funded by the non-traditional student center. Epiphany offers prizes to some authors (gift cards, trips to conferences, etc) who win the best-in-section awards. Metaphor publishes some of the best work from the National Undergraduate Literature Conference held at Weber in a guest section.

I like the model Din uses, I just thought it was interesting to see how another group runs their lit mag.


  1. Thanks Mattie for sharing. It is interesting to see how other Universities run their magazines and even more interesting to note down some stuff that can be taken into account for DIN in next issues (if wanted).

  2. This was a good post. We should always be open to learning new things and taking new advice.