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Laurus Magazine
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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.

Call for Submissions

Laurus encourages undergraduate students to submit their visual art, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction for our Spring 2017 issue now through Wednesday, January 25, 2017. To submit your work, go to, 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 2016-17 issue is January 16, 2017..
  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 2016-17

Student 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

To contact the editors about questions or queries, email

Congratulations to the 2015-16 Laurus Award winners!


First Place: "My Stepmother Becomes Immortal" by Lane Chasek
Second Place: "The Kiss" by Kyle Brosnihan


First Place: "The Stranger in the Stairwell" by Giles Hosveth
Second Place: "Stained Rags and Piping Bags" by Faith Thomas


First Place: "Lightning Dad" by Tanner Reckling

Note: The 2015-16 poetry and prose awards were selected by committees of graduate students and instructors.

Laurus  Spring 2016 Issue

Now Available for Purchase: $5 Each

To purchase a copy, email Michael Page at

Laurus 2016 cover art - 'Lightning Dad' by Tanner Reckling
Cover art: "Lightning Dad" by Tanner Reckling, Laurus Visual Art award winner

List of contributors:

Alexandra Fleming
Angela Ching
Carmen Claesson
Carson Schaefer
Chujia Wu
Faith Thomas
Giles Hovseth
Hannah Eads
Keith Buswell
Kyle Seamus Brosnihan
Lane Chasek
Lydia Stafford
Madeline Hinrichs
Matthew Lenz
Max Lydiatt
Megan Ekstrom
Michael Stelzner
Monica Claesson
Nikita Lenzo
Olivia Vogel
Regan Kyker
Sara Mosier
Stephaine Schell
Tanner Reckling
Vanessa Kibbie


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