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"
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.
Laurus encourages undergraduate students to submit their visual art, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction for our Spring 2019 issue now through Wednesday, January 19, 2018. 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.
- No more than five submissions may be made per student per academic year. Submissions beyond the fifth will not be considered.
- The submission deadline for the 2017-18 issue is Wednesday, January 19, 2018.
- Submit finished work only. Laurus editors will generally not provide feedback.
- All submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction should be in a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format.
- All written submissions must be 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced. Exceptions can be made for creative purposes upon request.
- Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions must not exceed 4500 words.
- Visual art may be submitted as a JPEG, GIF, or PNG file. Be sure that you upload the largest file size available of your visual art piece.
- Please include an author or artist bio to feature in the magazine if your work is selected.
- If there is a technical problem with the submission website, submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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; this means that, once the issue has been produced, you are free to submit your work for publication elsewhere. (Keep in mind, however, that many publications will require first publication rights, which may mean work published in Laurus is ineligible.) 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.
- As all submissions are read blind, no cover letter is necessary with your submission. In lieu of a cover letter, please write a brief statement acknowledging that you accept these terms of submission.
To purchase a copy, email Michael Page at email@example.com.
Lori Nevole (president)
Evan Pille (primary programmer)
Alexa Horn (treasurer)
To contact the editors about questions or queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Place: Lane Chasek, "The New New Age"
First Place: Faith Thomas, "Excavation"
Second Place: Megan Ekstrom, "Nebraska Gothic Vignettes"
Third Place: Olivia Miller, "Unspoken"
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.