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Laurus Magazine

UNL’s undergraduate literary journal

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The undergraduate literary journal of UNL, supported by the English Department and the University of Nebraska Foundation, Laurus publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual artwork created exclusively by UNL undergraduates. The annual issue is published in the spring.

Latest Issue: Laurus After DarkA Digital Mini-Issue

Laurus After Dark cover

This October, Laurus released a digital mini-issue featuring stories of the taboo, the grotesque, and the sexy. Take a peek at this horror-themed issue - if you dare!

The 2014 issue is also available. To request a copy, email Michael Page at

Congratulations to last year's prize winners!

First Place: "Late Night Forages" by Monica Claesson
Second Place: "The Incomplete Story of Mrs. _arol Rose" by Devin Koch
Honorable Mention: "Lima Shore" by Kyle Brosnihan
First Place: "Get Over It--Meaning the Moon" by James Butler-Gruett
Second Place: "Hoof Beat Drums" by Cody Fischer
Honorable Mention: "When the Lights Went Up" by Tony Bertino
First Place: Pow Wow Circle by Scott Sampson
Second Place: Demeter's Post-Modern Spring by Ian Tredway

Note: The 2013-14 poetry and prose winners were selected by two committees of graduate students. The prose committee was comprised of: Wendy Oleson, Kathleen Lacey, Claire Harlan-Orsi, Gabriel Houck, Tom Bennitt, and Jacob Hilton. The poetry committee was comprised of: Hali Sofala, Nima Kian, Sarah Chavez, Trey Moody, Marianne Kunkel, and Maria Nazos.

Submission Guidelines

  1. No more than five submissions may be made per student per academic year. Submissions beyond the fifth will not be considered.
  2. The submission deadline for the 2014-15 issue is January 16, 2015.
  3. Submit finished work only. Laurus editors will generally not provide feedback.
  4. Microsoft Word (.doc) is the preferred format for fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.
  5. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions must not exceed 4500 words.
  6. Visual art may be submitted as a JPEG or GIF file. Be sure that you upload the largest file size available of your visual art piece.
  7. Please include an author or artist bio to feature in the magazine if your work is selected.
  8. If there is a technical problem with the submission website, submissions may be sent to
  9. By submitting to Laurus you are granting permission to publish your work in the annual Laurus print magazine. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author.If a piece that has been submitted to Laurus is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us immediately so that we can remove it from our submission pool.
  10. Please acknowledge that you accept these terms in a cover letter accompanying your submission.

Submit Your Work

Editors 2014-2015

Senior Editors
Sarah Benal, Treasurer
Daley ElDorado, President
Emily Burns
Kirsten Clawson
Samantha Greenfield
Eric Holt
Sean Stewart
Alexa Horn
Nicole Mosby
Lori Nevele
Kayla Punt
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Michael Page

To contact the editors about questions or queries, email To submit your work, go to You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Submission details can be found on the Submission guidelines page on this website.


Laurus is the undergraduate literary journal of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, supported by the English Department and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Laurus is a registered student organization at UNL. Laurus publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction and visual artwork created exclusively by UNL undergraduates. The annual issue is published in the spring.

Laurus was founded in 1983. The 2014 publication will be the 21st edition. Over the years, Laurus has published early work by such notable writers as Timothy Schaffert (1990), Amil Quayle (1987, 1989), Amy Knox Brown (1987, 1989), James Cihlar (1989), Erin Flanagan (1994), Rainbow Rowell (1996), and Danielle Luther-Luebbe (2005). Schaffert was also an editor in 1991, as was Pulitizer Prize finalist Lee Martin in 1992. Faculty advisors over the years have included James Roberts, Marcia Southwick, Judith Slater, Anthony Hawley, John Chavez and John Schulze, and Michael Page.

Recently retired Professor of Poetry Greg Kuzma had the longest tenure as faculty advisor, through much of the 1990s and 2000s. Greg writes, “My work with Laurus was the most important service work I did for UNL. During the years I was advisor Laurus became entirely an undergraduate literary and fine arts magazine, printing only undergrads and edited by undergrads. I had no hand in the choices selected to publish, although I did do a lot of the proofreading. We worked hard to print full color covers, gained funding from the Art Department to support cover art and inside art, and reached out across campus to try to become a campus wide magazine. We published literary criticism, stories and poems, plays, panel discussions, essays on science and sociology, book and film reviews. For many years Laurus was the most exciting thing I did at UNL.” Through Greg’s efforts, Laurus has become an important institution within the UNL English Department.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the 2014 issue of Laurus, Laurus is also available at the English Department office and at the University Bookstore and other area bookstores. To order past issues e-mail Michael Page at