Creative Writing

Creative Writing

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Award-winning students, faculty, and publications.
Acclaimed fiction writer Bernardine Evaristo, who visited campus during fall 2014.

Visiting Writers

The English Department sponsors a number of visiting writers every year. Recent visitors include: Bernardine Evaristo, Rainbow Rowell, Charles Baxter, Tim O’Brien, Naomi Shihab Nye, Randall Kenan, and Lucille Clifton.
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No Name Reading Series

The No Name Reading Series features monthly readings by creative writing students and other writers from the Lincoln community.
UNL English Club

Literary Contests

Each year the English Department holds several student literary contests for Arts and Sciences prizes, including the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Vreeland Award, and The Mari Sandoz Fiction Prize.


Photo from the Prairie Schooner's print journal cover

Prairie Schooner

The Prairie Schooner, founded in 1927 at the University of Nebraska, is widely recognized as one of the premiere literary quarterlies in the nation. Creative Writing students often serve as interns with the magazine.


The undergraduate literary magazine, Laurus, publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction and visual artwork created exclusively by UNL undergraduates. In addition to contributing creative pieces to the magazine, students can also apply to be one of the editors.

Photo from the cover of Laurus After Dark, the fall 2014 mini-issue