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Sefer Literary Magazine


Sefer, the English department's literary magazine, publishes the creative writing and artwork of students at CSU every spring. The journal is edited and prepared by students in the English department.


Students should send poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork as attachments to

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014


Gilmore Creative Writing Award: By submitting your poetry or prose, you will automatically enter your writing in this contest named in honor of the late Margaret T. Gilmore, a long-time employee of CSU and poet.

This year's contest will be judged by Elena Passarello, a writer and performer originally from Charleston, SC. Her book Let Me Clear My Throat, a collection of essays on the voice in pop culture, received the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards and is a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays have appeared in Oxford American, Slate, Iowa Review, Creative Nonfiction, Normal School, and the music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. Elena teaches creative writing at Oregon State University and in the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University.

Read about last year's winner.

Cover Art Contest: The staff chooses the cover artwork from the pieces submitted by student artists. Send us your artwork!


Our Next Reading: 2:30 Thursday, February 20 (WCCL 110)

The Sefer staff regularly organizes readings on campus. Come to hear your professors and peers read from their creative work--bring something you've written, too, if you would like to share.


Sarrah Strickland (co-editor)
Monique Gaboriau (co-editor)
Kristi Hixon
Victoria Murray 
Interested in joining the staff? 
Contact the faculty advisors: 
Dr. Celeste McMaster or Prof. Jeremy Jones


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