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Always a Reader Out There

By Travis Lang // Talking to people is scary—hearing what they have to say is even scarier. Yet this is the life of a literary journalist, and their stories help unravel mysteries and entertain the bored soul. As an IUE sports broadcaster and radio journalist, I understand these concepts, and I want to see how others put their skills into action. Here are a few things I’m looking for in literary journalism submissions.

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“Everything’s Waiting for You”: My Experience Writing for Johns Hopkins University

By Olivia Ryckman // In December of 2019, one of my awesome professors, Tanya Perkins, asked me and a few other students in my Advanced Fiction Writing class to submit an abstract to Johns Hopkins University’s Richard Macksey Undergraduate Student Research Symposium. (A mouthful, I know.) I remember sitting in shock that Tanya deemed my work worthy enough to submit to a symposium, at Johns Hopkins at that. If accepted, I would present my research and creative writing at the symposium in Baltimore. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so of course, I accepted it. 

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An Update: The 2020 Issue and Where We Are Now

The editors of Tributaries and I are pleased to let you know that we are currently accepting work for our upcoming issue! We are excited to continue working on the current publication despite the conditions imposed by Covid-19.

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Five Tips for Writing Fabulous Fiction We Want to Read

By Mara Cobb // Writers often ask us what we’re looking for in poems, stories, and essays. This post is intended to give a few ‘gentle pointers’ to those of you considering submitting to Tributaries. We’re excited to read your best work, but please do consider these quick tips before submitting.

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IU East Fall 2020 Visiting Writer: Jessica Anthony

Novelist Jessica Anthony, who judged our 2020 writing contests, will be the Fall 2020 Visiting Writer of IU East on October 13 at 7 PM. Anthony will read from her latest novel, Enter the...