Laurus

Laurus Magazine

Laurus promotional image featuring numerous bookshelves and the Laurus logo in cursive

Laurus is the undergraduate literary journal of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, publishing fiction, poetry, non-fiction and visual artwork created (and edited) exclusively by undergraduates. An annual issue is published in the spring, with mini-issues occassionally released in the fall. Laurus is made possible by the generous contributions of the Department of English and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Call for Submissions

Laurus encourages undergraduate students to submit their visual art, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction for the literary magazine. Submission for each issue typically open the preceding semester. To submit your work, go to laurusmagazine.submittable.com, and follow the submission guidelines below. You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to have your work included in Laurus.

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 2017-18 issue will be posted here when announced.
  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 laurusmagazine@gmail.com.
  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

Spring 2017 Issue of Laurus

Now Available for Purchase: $5 Each

To purchase a copy, email Michael Page at mpage3@unl.edu.

Laurus 2017 cover art - 'Recovery' by Hannah Klemme
Cover art: "Recovery" by Hannah Klemme

Contributors

Carly Birman
Dani Bischoff
Kari Brynjulson
Tayden Bundy
Keith Buswell
Nicholas Castner
Isabella Catalano
Thalia Chapelle
Lane Chasek
Angela Ching
Kelsey Conrad
Madison Eckstrom
Megan Eckstrom
John Ficenec
Lindsey Hand
Ashleigh Herrera
Cassandra Kernick
Hannah Klemme
Erika Larson
Meghan Leadabrand
Brenna McManus
Olivia Miller
Matt Miner
Sara Mosier
Connor Rodenbaugh
Araya Santo
Mattie Sawle
Faith Thomas
Olivia Versaw
Kyra Werner
Katrina Zeleski

Editors

Lori Nevole (president)
Evan Pille (primary programmer)
Alexa Horn (treasurer)
Kayla Punt
Aly Holmes
Katie Gurtis
Michaela Luckey
Zoryana Stepanyuk
Mikayla Kolander
Austin Buchanan
Kylie Ballentine
Talitha Greaver

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Michael Page

Contact Us

To contact the editors about questions or queries, email laurusmagazine@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Laurus Award winners!

Poetry

First Place: Lane Chasek, "The New New Age"
Second Place (tie): Cassandra Kernick, "I am Runza Rex" and Lindsey Hand, "Rodent Girl"
Third Place: Lindsey Hand, "7-2-16"

Prose

First Place: Faith Thomas, "Excavation"
Second Place: Megan Ekstrom, "Nebraska Gothic Vignettes"
Third Place: Olivia Miller, "Unspoken"

Art

First Place: Keith Buswell,  "Masculinity in the Microscopic Cosmos"
Second Place: Connor Rodenbaugh, "Rex"

Note: These poetry and prose awards were selected by committees of graduate students and instructors.

Apply to be an editor

Laurus seeks new editors every year at the beginning of fall semester. To apply, submit a cover letter detailing your interest in becoming a Laurus editor and your past experiences with editing or other literary matters. Be aware that Laurus requires a significant commitment of time during the spring semester, so please also discuss your understanding of the time commitment in your letter. Also submit a brief resume that includes relevant experience and course work. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Page or stop by his office in the Department of English main office (Andrews Hall 202).

About

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 2015 publication will be the 22nd 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 the 2016 issue of Laurus, copies are available at the English Department office and at the University Bookstore and other area bookstores. To order past issues, e-mail Michael Page at mpage3@unl.edu.