The Mountain Laurel is dedicated to ensuring the quality publication of literary works and works of art by the students of North Greenville University, as well as those of individuals affiliated with the campus. Our magazine is published in the Spring of every year.
Contact The Mountain Laurel staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See past issues of The Mountain Laurel here: https://issuu.com/themountainlaurel.
You can also pick up past issues of The Mountain Laurel for free at various locations on NGU’s campus, including the lobby of White Hall.
Examples of literary works we accept include poetry, fiction, essays, nonfiction, and drama.
Examples of works of art we accept include but are not limited to digital photography, paint, ink, and photographs of 3D art (such as pottery).
Submissions for the 2021 Mountain Laurel begin on September 30, 2020.
It’s easy to submit.
- Before you submit, PLEASE remember to read the submission guidelines, as your submission may be disregarded if it does not fit the necessary specifications.
- Download, print out, or pick up a submission cover sheet. If yours is a literary submission, then fill out the literary submission cover sheet. If yours is an art submission, then fill out the art submission cover sheet.
- Turn in your submitted work and the submission cover sheet to The Mountain Laurel. You may do this (1) by attaching both files to an e-mail addressed to email@example.com (preferred) or (2) by turning in hard copies of both your submitted work and the submission cover sheet in The Mountain Laurel submission box across from White Hall 213.
We look forward to seeing your work!
The purpose of The Mountain Laurel is to produce a collection of prose, poetry, and visual art that is both technically sound in craftsmanship and creative in content.
The first act of God recorded is the act of creation. Our goal enables us to reflect His own nature. The Mountain Laurel strives to demonstrate the creativity with which God has endowed humans as “image bearers” of His nature.
What Happens to Your Submission
Submissions to The Mountain Laurel go through a blind screening process that begins with the current Mountain Laurel staff. A minimum of three staff members read each submission and rank it on a scale of 1-3. Submissions with a ranking of 1 are typically accepted into the journal. Submissions with a ranking of 3 are those that The Mountain Laurel would NOT consider publishing. Submissions with a ranking of 2 could go either way and are usually reread by more staff for further consideration.
In the spring semester, Mountain Laurel staff edit and design the book, which is printed at the end of each spring semester.
After being screened by the staff, the best submissions (1’s and some 2’s) are sent off to professional judges. Each judge is highly qualified to evaluate either poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art specifically.
Get to Know the Judges
Past judges include novelist Jordan M. Poss, poet Christina Hubbard, and former NGU English professor Dr. Deborah DiCiantis.
Read the full submission guidelines here: submission guidelines.
In Fall 2020, The Mountain Laurel will accept submissions for two projects: the regular yearly Mountain Laurel journal (published Spring 2021) and a special Christmas issue published in December 2020. Please consider submitting your Christmas-themed art and literature along with anything else you have been preparing!
- Follow MLA page format for margins. The header should consist of the title of the work (NOT your last name), a space, and then the page number. If the work is an untitled poem, please put “Untitled Poem” in place of the title. Note: Titled literary works are preferred.
To Fall ___ 1
Untitled Poem ___ 1
- Download TML literary submission cover sheet, fill it out, and attach it. This is one of the MOST important steps, as without a coversheet, we will not know who has submitted the work.
- Submit your work electronically by e-mailing the submission to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) OR by turning in a paper copy to the collection box across from White Hall 213. Remember to attach the coversheet to the e-mail or paper copy.
- Download TML art submission cover sheet, fill it out, and attach it. This is one of the MOST important steps, as without a coversheet, we will not know who has submitted the work.
- All art submissions must be received electronically by e-mailing the submission to email@example.com.
To All Artists and Writers
Submission by the early deadline guarantees a response from TML editors before the end of the fall semester. The early deadline for Fall 2020 is November 1, 2020.
The late deadline for Fall 2020 is November 29, 2020.
Rights of TML Staff
*Page Layout – TML staff will prepare page layouts using Adobe CS software. We will select a standard font for literary works. A writer may request a specific type of font necessary for thematic or visual effectiveness. Such cases will be considered, but the staff reserves the right to make final decisions affecting the appearance of the publication.
Art entries will be published in full color in a special section of the journal. A high-resolution photograph of art work will appear with a caption listing the title, dimensions, medium, and the artist’s name. Artists will be invited to view the page proof for their work(s) prior to publication. If an error in the title, medium, or other details is found, the artist will have the opportunity to correct errors. If an artist fails to review the proof for his/her artwork by the deadline specified, staff will submit the proof as designed.
* Minor Editing – In cases where we believe the manuscript contains errors in spelling, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, etc., TML staff will edit the manuscript on our page layouts. Writers will be given an opportunity to review page proofs (or will be contacted with an e-mail/phone call describing the alteration) before we submit them to the printer. If the writer indicates that what appeared to be an error was intentional (it should be apparent that such intentional “errors” have a specific purpose and effectiveness within the piece), the writer may correct the proof. If a writer does not review the page proof by the deadline communicated to him/her, editing changes made by staff will remain in the final published version.
* Inappropriate Content – In cases where a work of visual art or literature includes content (thematic material, images, symbols, and/or words) which may be deemed inappropriate for a Christian university publication, the artist/writer will be invited to submit an altered version. If the artist/writer declines the opportunity to edit his/her work, the work may be disqualified.