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Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing

Downtown Brooklyn: a Journal of WritingThe university environment exposes us to a variety of personalities and ideas, but on a commuter campus, people often feel alienated from each other and from the overall campus culture. It's difficult to take advantage of what your campus has to offer if you always have to rush straight to the parking lot after class. It's hard enough just to get to class on time, let alone find out that the person next to you in the elevator is a great writer. But who knows? The person sitting behind you in class might be your future favorite novelist or the next [insert name of favorite poet]. If you aren't tuned in to what other people are doing on campus, you're really missing out.

That situation is even more pronounced on the Brooklyn Campus, which sits in the heart of New York and thus teems with creative and interesting people. For this reason, Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (ISSN 1536-8475) was founded in 1992 to showcase poetry and literary prose by Brooklyn Campus writers. Since its first annual issue, the magazine has included a wide variety of work in traditional forms as well as more experimental styles. We have published the work of undergraduates and graduate students; full-time and adjunct faculty members; and administrative, clerical and other staff from across the Campus. We like to picture readers (especially undergraduates) picking up the magazine and imagining that they could write poetry or fiction. So we want them to see pieces that they can imagine having written themselves. But all writers also need to read difficult, inventive work that pushes them to grow. Therefore, our aesthetic is eclectic. Our mission is not to promote any particular style but all the different kinds of writing being created on campus.

We print 2000 copies of each issue, and a copy is sent to the director of every college and university Creative Writing Program on the Associated Writing Programs list. Copies are then distributed to contributors and to the University community on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the most recent issue are available in the English Department. A full set of back issues of the magazine is available for your perusal in the periodicals collection of the Campus’ Salena Library. In addition, in the Little Magazine Collection of Memorial Library at The University of Wisconsin (Madison), a full set is available to research scholars. We also are told that one or two back issues are part of the onboard library of the cruise barge Esprit, operated by French Country Waterways.

Finally, we would like to thank Provost Gale Haynes, who has generously funded the production of the magazine since its first issue. We greatly appreciate her support.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for submissions (see Submission Guidelines), and for announcements of upcoming events, including the annual reading by contributors to the latest issue, and the publication of the new issue.

Submission Guidelines

Downtown Brooklyn: a Journal of Writing is the literary magazine of the English Department at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. A new issue appears each fall semester. The editorial staff accepts new submissions from September 1st until February 1st. EXTENDED deadline for submissions is Mar. 1, 2014. We accept submissions of poetry and/or fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Please be selective and limit your submission to 10, single-spaced pages or the equivalent.

Include a cover page listing your phone number and e-mail address that also details your connection to the Brooklyn Campus. We accept submissions only from students, and faculty and staff members at the Brooklyn Campus. This includes alumni, as well as persons formerly employed in any capacity at the Brooklyn Campus. Submissions also are welcome from visiting writers who teach in the M.F.A in Creative Writing program and from writers who come to campus as part of the English Department's Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series.

Save your submission as a Word document and send as an attachment to Or save on a CD and place in Wayne Berninger's mailbox in the English Department (Humanities Building, fourth floor). We cannot return electronic files, CDs, or manuscripts, so please be sure to keep a copy of your submission.

You will receive confirmation by e-mail that we received your work. We will then notify as to acceptance on a rolling basis.

Watch the English Department blog (The Longest Island) for the next call for submissions; for announcements of upcoming events, including the annual reading by contributors to the latest issue; and for news about the publication of each new issue.