Threshold Release Party, Two Job Postings, & More!

All are invited to the release of Threshold’s 33rd edition!

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The Threshold release party will be held at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Along with free copies of the publication, there will be music provided by members of the DePaul Jazz Ensemble, readings and performances from the publication, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres.

Please join Threshold in celebrating this issue and honoring the work of its student contributors and staff.


DePaul’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program has extended the call for papers deadline for the upcoming national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference to August 1st, 2013.

The theme of the conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12th, 2013 in Chicago, is “Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City.” They welcome presentation proposals that cross the disciplines from both faculty and graduate students; the conference will include Graduate Liberal Studies Programs throughout the US and Canada, and presents an excellent opportunity to showcase DePaul’s dynamic graduate students, faculty and programs.

For more information, see Ex Libris’s post on the original call for papers.


Northwestern University Press is hiring an Assistant Acquisitions Editor to handle the manuscript submission process from initial inquiry through transmittal to the manuscript editorial department.  This position prepares, proofreads, and executes book contracts.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor oversees the process of working with authors as the authors secure permissions.  This position tracks, organizes, and distributes photos and illustrations.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor works closely with authors to ensure submission of clean manuscript files for transmittal to manuscript editorial.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Tracks manuscripts through the acquisitions process from submission through transmittal to manuscript editorial;
  • Works with authors and volume editors in preparation of electronic files;
  • Prepares, proofreads and executes contracts for new books and reprints;
  • Tracks status of contracts, digitizes and files them;
  • Communicates all relevant contract information to the Business Office;
  • Oversees payments of authors, publishers, agents, readers and translators, while working closely with the administrative assistant;
  • Maintains acquisitions schedule pre- and post-Press Board approval, tracking all manuscripts throughout the acquisitions process;
  • Maintains database of submissions;
  • Inputs information into the title management database and updates as necessary;
  • Creates and maintains detailed text and photo/illustration permission records;
  • Inputs all relevant data into Title Management databases and updates as needed;
  • Reviews unsolicited manuscripts prior to review by acquisitions editors or series editors;
  • Manages rejection process, including mailing and database;
  • Manages the peer review process for two full-time and two part-time acquisitions editors;
  • Follows up as needed with authors, series editors and editor-in-chief;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Experience with contracts, permission and copyrights, superb attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities, publishing experience.

Visit the job posting page to get more details and apply.


The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring a key writer and researcher for its Communications and Policy team. This staffer will conduct issue research and write press releases, reports, policy papers, fact sheets, briefing and outreach materials. They will also help disseminate our publications and educational materials on various platforms, from brochures to our website.


  • Minimum B.A. in Journalism, Communications, Political Science, Public Policy or related field, plus 3 years experience
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • Experience with online communications (i.e. website editing, blog publishing, Constant Contact) and research tools (i.e. Survey Monkey)
  • Social networking skills (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

A background in issues pertaining to voting rights and democracy or similar public policy debates is a plus. Bilingual candidates who can speak and write Spanish are encouraged.

Please provide a cover letter, resume and two writing samples bundled in one pdf. Preferably, the writing samples should demonstrate different capabilities.

Standard Cook County benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email your application packet to with the subject line: “Policy and Press Secretary.”

Applications are due by June 18th, 2013.


Call for Papers, Gulf Coast Writing Contest, & More

The DePaul English Department is excited to announce a Call for Papers for the Fourth Annual Spring English Conference. This student-run conference, formerly known as the EGSA Conference, will be held on the afternoon of Friday, May 3rd, 2013 in Arts & Letters Hall.

We encourage all DePaul English graduate students to submit their works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, literary studies, and more by April 2nd, 2013.

Click over to the Spring Conference page on Ex Libris to get complete guidelines on how to submit your work. You can also browse archives of previous years’ conferences…and don’t forget to stay tuned to Ex Libris to hear about our keynote speaker!

The DePaul English Conference is an excellent opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to showcase their work among a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. If you have never publicly read your work before, consider this student-run conference. We look forward to making it a rewarding event for everyone involved!

Submissions and inquiries can be directed to: 


A final reminder that tomorrow, Friday, March 8th, is the last day to submit your creative work to Threshold, Depaul’s literary arts magazine!


The DePaul Humanities Center extends its invitation to a reading with author and DePaul faculty member Christine Sneed on Wednesday, March ChristineSneed 03-13-13 finvers feb27fin13th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center. Prof. Sneed will be reading from her new novel, Little Known Facts, recently featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. (You can read Ex Libris’s recent writeup of Sneed’s new book here.)

Christine Sneed teaches creative writing at DePaul University. Her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, was a 2009 AWP Grace Paley Prize winner, a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award, winner of the 2011 John C. Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares, and winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2011 Book of the Year. The San Francisco Chronicle also chose Portraits as one of the fifty best fiction books of 2011.  Her short fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals, including PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, Meridian, and Pleiades.

All are invited to attend this unique opportunity to hear from a gifted writer, one of DePaul’s own, reading from just-published work for free.


And finally: There’s only one week left to submit to the annual Gulf Coast Prizes–the Gulf Coast Prize Contest closes March 15th. The contest awards a total of $6,000 to poets, essayists, and fiction writers. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay).

The winner in each genre receives $1,500, and there are two $250 honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as Online Exclusives.

Gulf Coast is accepting submissions both via the online submissions manager and via postal mail. The $23 reading fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages. Multiple entries (or entries in more than one genre) are allowed, but entrants must pay a separate reading fee each time. Click here for how to enter.

Threshold’s Extended Deadline, Alumni News, and More

Threshold, DePaul’s annual literary arts journal, is extending their deadline for submissions through March 8th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account, as well as the previous Ex Libris call for submissions. This is your last chance to send your work in to DePaul’s award-winning student-run publication!


In Alumni News, Rita Leganski (MAWP ’09) wrote a short story for Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009 and then turned it into a novel that was bonaventurearrowacquired by HarperCollins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts on February 26th in wide release. It was selected as the March Indie Next Pick by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the April Next Pick by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an Adult Book for Teens and is listed in Academic One File. Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has already received significant praise, including the following:

“Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent.” — Booklist

“Lyrical.” — Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Rita!


historyconfDePaul’s History Department has issued a call for papers for the Ninth Annual Student History Conference on April 26th, 2013. Every year the history department invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their historical research of any kind—papers, posters, digital projects—for inclusion in the day-long conference. Work does not have to be completed in a history department course, it just has be historical in nature.

You can submit any historical work you have done in any undergraduate or graduate course at DePaul University from Spring Quarter 2012 through Winter Quarter 2013. In particular, you can send them:

  • Primary-source-based research papers
  • Historiographical papers
  • Copies of history posters or web pages

The deadline to submit your work is Friday, April 5th. Information about the conference can be found at the “Student History Conference” page under “Student Resources” on our department website.

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and projects. In addition, a selected paper will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal Creating Knowledge.

You can sumbit your papers here.

Two New Writing Contests

Just a reminder- as long as you’re getting your work ready to send out to these great new writing contests, don’t forget to submit it to Threshold as well. The deadline to submit to DePaul’s own literary arts magazine is this Friday, February 15th!


Arcadia Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural short story contest. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia. The deadline for entry is February 15th, 2013.

Fiction writers may submit a short story between 4,000 and 7,000 words, along with a $15 entry fee, via Submittable. There is no required criteria beyond the word limit; stories of any subject or style are eligible. Multiple entries are welcome, but must be submitted separately. All entries will be considered for publication.

Founded in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Arcadia is a print journal published twice yearly in the spring and fall that features the work of both emerging and established writers. In addition to the contest, the magazine accepts year-round submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as cultural criticism, drama, visual art, comics, music, craft essays, and everything in between—including letters, to be included in the new Epistolary feature on the journal’s website. Whatever the form, the editors state on the site, “We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it. If it kicks ass, we will find a way to publish it.”

Visit the submissions page for complete guidelines.


Daring Pride is currently soliciting GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning)-related fiction and poetry from talented young writers participating in graduate programs across the country. The Daring Pride fiction/poetry contest is accepting submissions by mail and online from January 16th to August 16th, 2013. Writers can submit work to or to:

Daring Pride Fiction Contest #18
1900 NE 3rd St., Ste. 106
Bend, OR 97701

This is an opportunity for young writers to be seen by potential agents and publishers and to contribute to a new literary journal on GLBT Books is an Oregon-registered nonprofit which is raising the capital needed to build Stonewall University, the first GLBTQ institution of higher learning in the nation.


  • A submission is one original short story (maximum 7,000 words) or a poem.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  • Please include separate cover page with story/poem title and word count as well as the author’s name, address, phone number, and email.
  • Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and single spaced. Please use standard fonts in 12 pt font size.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Unlimited entries per person allowed. You must use a separate entry payment and submission form for each entry.
  • Fiction and/or poetry must be related to GLBTQ issues.
  • Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.


  • This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction or poetry. (This includes self-published books with ISBN numbers.) Those who have published books in other genres remain eligible.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories by both US- and internationally-based writers are accepted.


  • The deadline for online and mailed submission is August 20th, 2013.
  • Winner will be announced by September 30th, 2013.

Entry Fee:

  • $10 per entry. Unlimited entries per person.
  • Submission fees must be paid via money order or check made out to “GLBT Books.

Please email Benjamin Dralle at with any questions or concerns.

Threshold’s Salon-Style Reading

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This Thursday, February 7th, the staff of Threshold literary journal would like to invite everyone to come celebrate the work of DePaul writers in a salon-style reading.

This event will feature DePaul undergraduate, graduate, and alumni writers published in past Threshold editions, including Alec Moran reading fiction, Colin Garner Harris reading nonfiction, Michael Van Kerckhove reading dramatic literature, and Richard Rodriguez and Emma Cushman Wood reading poetry.

There will also be an ASK/ANSWER session regarding the magazine and submission particulars.

The event will be taking place in Arts and Letters Hall, room 101 from 7-8:30 p.m.

And don’t forget, Threshold submissions are due on February 15th! You can also “like” Threshold on Facebook here and RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Threshold 2013 is Now Accepting Submissions


Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning annual literary arts magazine, is now accepting submissions for its 2013 issue. Please see the following letter from Threshold‘s Editors in Chief, Borja Cabada (MAWP) and Rachel Harthcock (Undergraduate in English).

To the DePaul Community,

We are excited to announce that Threshold is now open for submissions for the 33rd issue. DePaul’s award-winning art and literary magazine is seeking writers and artists from any undergraduate and graduate programs who have original writing or visual pieces invested with the human experience.  We are calling for compelling nonfiction essays, fiction pieces, poetry, plays, screenplays, digital work and fine art. Threshold continues to operate by students for students.

Submission requirements are as follows:


-Multiple genre submissions are allowed, although we will only accept one piece in each genre, with the exception of poetry, in which we will accept up to three poems. Prose pieces may be excerpts from a larger working collection (novel, screenplay, etc.) but must stand on their own.

-Fiction and Non-Fiction pieces should be 5,000 words or less.

-One to three poetry submissions should be included in a single file.

-Dramatic Literature
includes screenplays and plays up to 15 pages.

-Please email all submissions to with the genre of your submission as the subject line. Doc, .docx, or pdf formats only.

-Two documents should be attached to your email including the submission itself and a cover page detailing contact information, including your first and last name, the genre of your submission, email, phone number, and the title(s) of your piece(s). There should be no names or other contact information on the submission.

-Submissions will close Friday, February 15 at 11:59 PM.


-There is no limit to the number of submissions.

-Digital Work: All digital files should be saved as an eps or tiff with the following file label: LastName_Title.tiff. All work should be exactly 300 dpi and approximately 8×10 (depending on the format of your work). This should be done without interpolation–do not resample the image when resizing.

-Fine Art: All work should be photographed or scanned and submitted only as a digital file with the following file label: LastName_Title.jpg. Please make sure that it is at a high resolution (300 dpi) and if possible, color corrected.

-Please include your name, email address, title of the work, media, dimensions, and date completed. Please email all submissions to art.threshold.dpu [at] gmail [dot] com or hand in submissions to the AMD Office by Friday, February 15.

Those selected for publication will receive a copy of the magazine and DePaul notoriety. Following publication, there will be the limelight of the magazine launch reading event and affair.

Any questions, big and small, should be emailed directly to Updates regarding the magazine; submission particulars, FAQs and upcoming readings are regularly posted on our Tumblr page,

Thank you for the interest.


Rachel Harthcock and Borja Cabada
Threshold Co Editors in Chief
Joe Horton
Threshold Art Director

All DePaul English graduate students are encouraged to submit their work to the magazine.

We would also like to congratulate the three English Graduate Students who have been selected as editors for this year’s Threshold: Fiction Editor Jared Gerling (MAWP), Nonfiction Editor Michael Van Kerckhove (MAWP), and Dramatic Literature Editor Maria Genovese (MAWP).

Best of luck to all who send in their work!

Get Involved in the DePaul Student Literary Scene!

Threshold, DePaul’s award-winning, student-run literary magazine is recruiting!

As new co-editors, Rachel Harthcock (undergraduate) and Borja Cabada (graduate, MAWP) are excited about the prospects of putting together a terrific team that will help them create another great issue this year. They are looking for committed students (both graduate and undergraduate) to fill the editor positions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic literature. Candidates should have relevant experience in their own fields as well as an eye for literary criticism. If you’re interested please send them your resumé, a brief cover letter, and a link to digitally published work, portfolio, blog and such to the following email address ( by Monday, November 5th. Please indicate in the subject line which genre you are applying for.

They are also looking for a web developer to design Threshold‘s new website, so feel free to shoot them an email if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing for the magazine.

Please consider this great opportunity to get involved with the DePaul student literary scene, work with fellow DePaul English students, and get some editing experience on your resume!


This Friday, November 2nd, join DePaul student writers for the first-ever installment of the DePaul Student Reading Series, an off-campus event organized and created by MAWP student Meredith Boe and MAWP alum Colin Harris. The first reading will feature four current MAWP Students: Mark R. Brand and Jared Gerling, both reading fiction, Mellissa Gyimah, reading creative nonfiction, and Shane Zimmer, reading poetry.

The reading will take place at Lincoln Perk Coffee House, 612 W Wrightwood Ave (at Clark St), less than a mile from campus. The event will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. Lincoln Perk is BYOB with food purchase.