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IUSB Students:

The deadline to submit your writing, research, and art for publication in IUSB student journals has been extended to Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Please take advantage of the extra time and get those submissions in!




IUSB’s award-winning journal of literary and visual art.

Send creative writing and art submissions to Frankie Spring at analecta.iusb@gmail.com



New Views on Gender


New Views on Gender is an annual Women’s and Gender Studies student publications journal that publishes academic essays, personal essays, poetry, and art work from undergraduate and graduate students at IUSB. This is an excellent opportunity to publish your own academic and creative work. Make your voice heard; submit today!


Please send submissions and any questions to Mark Streeter at iusb.nvg@gmail.com


Undergraduate Research Journal

An excellent place to submit research papers that you did in classes! The editor Sarah Bull is also looking for volunteers for an editorial team. If you are willing to help read and edit the journal, use the email below.

Submit to Iusb.urj.editor@gmail.com




Frankie Spring : “I know it is not possible to accept every submission the journal receives, but it is important to me that everyone who might possibly be interested in submitting is aware of Analecta’s existence.”


Frankie Spring,
Editor of the 2019 Analecta

Why did you apply to be the editor of Analecta?
My favorite part about a student-run literary journal at the high school or college level is simply that it shows students there are viable ways to publish their work and share it with others. I think this helps fight off the urge for young writers and artists to stop creating because their efforts feel pointless.
I say this because I myself lost my urge to write creatively in my first year of college. I took creative writing classes at the University of Oklahoma, where I started my undergraduate studies, but there were no student-run literary publications or even readings, and I found myself a little lost, not knowing how to share my writing meaningfully with others anymore. Then I transferred to IUSB, and Analecta was like a dream come true! I was published in last year’s issue–the first time my creative writing had been published since high school–and I felt like I was going somewhere with my creative writing again. I want to edit the journal because I think its existence is special, and I want to advertise it as widely as possible to keep other students like me from feeling lost and unsure of how to turn their passions into products to share.

What are you most excited about when you think of editing Analecta this year?
I’m excited to tell as many students as I can that Analecta exists and get as many students to submit as possible. I know it is not possible to accept every submission the journal receives, but it is important to me that everyone who might possibly be interested in submitting is aware of Analecta’s existence. This goes for artists as well as creative writers. The more art submissions we receive, the better! I want each piece of art to be paired particularly well with each piece of creative writing, which is why I will work just as hard for artist submissions as I will for submissions of creative writing.

What kind of background experience do you have with writing, editing, and Analecta?
I have been writing since before I can remember–my mom used to write down fanciful stories I would tell her all the time, even before I could read. I have explored many different genres since then, from fantasy and science fiction to realistic novel and memoir, but my current favorite genre and the genre in which I do most of my writing is poetry. I am majoring in English Writing and my poetry has been published in several online literary journals and zines in the past year. My love for editing literary journals is more recent, but no less passionate. I became one of the editors of my high school’s lit mag in 2014. I really enjoyed both the submissions review process and the design process, because I got to see the pieces my classmates were most proud of and help make these pieces even more appealing and accessible to everyone at school with good design skills. After high school, I started using that design knowledge to self-publish small zines of my own work and the work of other local writers. I enjoy these small projects because they are completely my own, but I am excited for the chance to edit a full-length journal with the help of other writers and editors again.

What ideas do you have in mind for the 2019 issue?
I really like the idea of fostering tight connections between the art and the writing in the journal, and would even love to see pieces that mix art and writing, like comics or graphic poetry. I think of it kind of like the Medieval illuminated manuscript, not in the sense of a particular Medieval art style–though I do love calligraphy and gold leaf–but in the sense that art and writing come together to make stories and poems a more visually stimulating experience for the reader. This way, the part of the journal’s audience that comes for the writing may also be drawn in to examine the art more closely, and the part of Analecta’s audience that just picks up the journal for its art may find a spark of interest in the related pieces of poetry and prose as well.


Welcome back! It’s time to get our fall semester on. Mark your calendars for these awesome events at Indiana University South Bend, and keep an eye out for more to come!

rita and obama

 RITA DOVE presented with a National Medal of Arts by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012

Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, 2018
3pm Friday 9/21/18: IU South Bend Wiekamp Hall 3001
7pm Saturday 9/22/18: Louise D. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall (Northside)

Click here for the Friday event with IUSB students: https://www.facebook.com/events/291384794928153/

Click here for detailed event link for public lecture on Saturday 9/22/18: https://www.facebook.com/events/212003829661784/





Poetry Reading and 42 Miles Press Book Release
Air, Light, Dust, Shadow, Distance by Mary Ann Samyn

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:30 pm in Wiekamp Hall, 3rd Floor Bridge
IU South Bend – free and open to the public



The IUSB English Department’s annual Student Writing Awards are Friday the 13th featuring horror writer Mike Arnzen. Free and open to the public.

Prior to the main event, there are two other opportunities for IUSB students to talk to Mike Arnzen:

  • Mike is the keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Research Conference this Friday, April 13, from 12:15-1:15 in SAC 221-225.
  • And Mike will hold a session on Creative Writing from 1:30-2:30 in DW 1135.

The 2018 ANALECTA edited by Austin Veldman will be released at the awards event. And there will be a limited supply of FREE BROADSIDES designed by IUSB art student Teaosha Cunningham and featuring one Michael Arnzen’s stories. Here’s a preview:


p.s. Did you see the latest English Newsletter? Chapter Two can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/26d55c262262/iusb-english-newsletter-chapter-2


Congratulations to the English Department’s
2018 Student Writing Award Winners


Undergraduate Poetry

First Prize:                       Elisa Vanett, “Jackal Dance”

Second Prize:                  Taylor Jump, “Was it Love?”

Honorable Mentions:      Adam Schelle, “Prayer for the Dying”

Frankie Spring, “Odium Terrae”

Kennedy Ward, “Alias”


Undergraduate Prose

First Prize:                       Bri Carmichael, “And So We Shall Fall”

Second Prize:                  Tim Hernly, “Lee Catches a Fish”

Honorable Mention:        Adam Walz, “My Father Said to Me”


Graduate Poetry

First Prize:                        John Leonard, “L’appel Du Vide”

Second Prize:                   John Leonard, “Headstand”


Graduate Prose

First Prize:                       Michael Kouroubetes, “The Tool Box”



First Prize:                       Dylan Lucas, Deadline

Second Prize:                   Pedro Rubio, The Light Circus

Honorable Mention:        Shannon Keyworth, Siren’s Calling

Please mark your calendars for this exciting and informative Publishing Panel on the Tuesday after we return from break.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4:00-5:30 (technically: pizza at 4; panel will begin at 4:15 and go for an hour or so)
EA 1011
Prof. Kelcey Ervick will be joined by special guests, Bryan Furuness, author and anthology editor, and Robert Russell, author and editor of Midwestern Gothic, MG Books, and Cheap Pop (and current adjunct professor in our English Department!). They will show their publications and share the collaborative process of selected, editing, designing, and publishing in print and online.


Submit to Analecta by Feb. 1

Attention IUSB students:

The deadline to submit your creative writing, visual art, comics, or collage to Analecta, IUSB’s award-winning literary journal is coming up!  All submissions are automatically considered for publication in Analecta as well as for recognition in the English Department’s Annual Student Writing Awards. This year’s judge is Michael Arnzen, an award-winning author of horror and dark suspense fiction, a poet, and an English professor. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. 

How and when to submit:

Submission deadline is February 1, 2018.

1. Manuscript preparation:  

A. Put your name, student ID number, genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc), and e-mail address on the first page of the manuscript. Do not include your name elsewhere because we want to read your manuscript “blind” (without knowing the author).

B. Submit your manuscript as an attachment; do not paste it into the body of the email. Prose should be double-spaced, but poetry can be single-spaced. Comics may be scans or photos merged into a Word doc or PDF.

2. Email submissions to iusbanalecta@gmail.com or to the English Dept secretary Rachel Weber (racweber@iusb.edu) Please use your IUSB email address to make your submission.

3. Please use Analecta Submission [insert genre], as the e-mail subject/title header.

Genre Rules

  • Poetry: 1 to 3 poems, maximum of 6 pages
  • Short Fiction: 1 story, or up to 3 flash stories; maximum of 3,000 words.*
  • Drama: 1 one-act or excerpt of full-length play or screenplay (no musicals); maximum of 20 pages*
  • Non-fiction Prose: 1 work of creative non-fiction, maximum of 3,000 words*
  • Visual Art: 3-7 images
  • Comics: 3-7 standalone comics, or 1 complete strip/story*

*Works accepted may be excerpted

Broadsides of Akbar/Henn poems

IUSB’s Pub Hub will be selling limited-edition broadsides of poems by Steve Henn and Kaveh Akbar. These broadsides were designed by IUSB Fine Arts student, King Wong, to commemorate the Henn/Akbar poetry reading at IUSB this Thursday (see below). Broadsides will be available for purchase for $3 each or two for $5.

Photo Nov 15, 5 22 58 PM

Poetry Reading by Steve Henn & Kaveh Akbar at IU South Bend
Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm A Discussion with Kaveh Akbar in room 1190 Wiekamp Hall
7:30pm Poetry Reading by Henn & Akbar in 1001 Wiekamp Hall
on the campus of IU South Bend / free and open to the public / books and broadsides available for sale
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